speak to sb
to say things; to speak in order to give information or to express feelings, ideas, etc.
Stop talking and listen!
We talked on the phone for over an hour.
Who were you talking to just now?
We looked around the school and talked with the principal.
Ann and Joe aren't talking to each other right now (= they refuse to speak to each other because they have argued) .
When they get together, all they talk about is football.
What are you talking about? (= used when you are surprised, annoyed and/or worried by sth that sb has just said)
I don't know what you're talking about (= used to say that you did not do sth that sb has accused you of) .
Mary is talking of looking for another job.
We talked ourselves hoarse , catching up on all the news.
to discuss sth, usually sth serious or important
This situation can't go on. We need to talk.
The two sides in the dispute say they are ready to talk.
Talk to your doctor if you're still worried.
to talk business
to say words in a language
The baby is just starting to talk.
We couldn't understand them because they were talking in Chinese.
Are they talking Swedish or Danish?
有 / 无理
to say things that are/are not sensible
She talks a lot of sense.
You're talking rubbish!
See if you can talk some sense into him (= persuade him to be sensible) .
used to emphasize an amount of money, how serious sth is, etc.
We're talking £500 for three hours' work.
about private life
to talk about a person's private life
Don't phone me at work─ people will talk .
to give information to sb, especially unwillingly
The police questioned him but he refused to talk.
used to tell sb that they should not criticize sb else for sth because they do the same things too
‘George is so careless with money.’ ‘Look who's talking!’
used when you like what sb has suggested very much
used to emphasize sth
Talk about mean! She didn't even buy me a card.
to talk to sb about sex in order to make them sexually excited
to talk too much, especially about boring or unimportant things
used when you are going to say more about a subject that has already been mentioned
Talking of Sue, I met her new boyfriend last week.
to talk about your work with the people you work with, especially when you are also with other people who are not connected with or interested in it
to be able to talk in a confident way that makes people think you are good at what you do
You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? (= can you act in a way that matches your words?)
to say silly things while you are talking about a subject you do not understand
to tell people very strongly what you want
to talk about sth seriously
to make excuses and give reasons for not doing sth; to manage to get yourself out of a difficult situation
I managed to talk my way out of having to give a speech.
people say speak/talk of the devil when sb they have been talking about appears unexpectedly
Well, speak of the devil─here's Alice now!
to have knowledge about sth from your own experience
to be able to communicate easily with another person because you share similar opinions and experience
people who have a lot of money have more power and influence than others
to try and persuade sb to stop behaving in a stupid way, sometimes using rough or violent methods
to say sth that you should not because it is the wrong situation or because it offends sb
to talk about sth in a general way without dealing with the most important parts of it
to speak to sb without listening to what they say in reply
to answer sb rudely, especially sb in authority
to help a pilot of a plane to land by giving instructions from the ground
to make sth seem less important or successful than it really is
You shouldn't talk down your own achievements.
to speak to sb as if they were less important or intelligent than you
说服某人做 / 不做某事
to persuade sb to do/not to do sth
I didn't want to move abroad but Bill talked me into it.
She tried to talk him out of leaving.
to discuss sth thoroughly in order to make a decision, solve a problem, etc.
to discuss sth thoroughly, especially in order to reach an agreement or make a decision
You'll find it helpful to talk things over with a friend.
to persuade sb to accept sth or agree to sth
We finally managed to talk them round to our way of thinking.
to explain to sb how sth works so that they can do it or understand it
Can you talk me through the various investment options?
to discuss sth thoroughly until you are sure you understand it
to describe sb/sth in a way that makes them sound better than they really are
a conversation or discussion
I had a long talk with my boss about my career prospects.
I had to have a heart-to-heart talk with her.
formal discussions between governments or organizations
arms/pay/peace, etc. talks
to hold talks
Talks between management and workers broke down over the issue of holiday pay.
A further round of talks will be needed if the dispute is to be resolved.
a speech or lecture on a particular subject
She gave a talk on her visit to China.
words without actions
words that are spoken, but without the necessary facts or actions to support them
It's just talk. He'd never carry out his threats.
Don't pay any attention to her─she's all talk .
stories that suggest a particular thing might happen in the future
There was talk in Washington of sending in troops.
She dismissed the stories of her resignation as newspaper talk.
topic/way of speaking
often in compounds
a topic of conversation or a way of speaking
She said it was just girl talk that a man wouldn't understand.
The book teaches you how to understand Spanish street talk (= slang) .
It was tough talk, coming from a man who had begun the year in a hospital bed.
the person or thing that everyone is talking about in a particular place
Overnight, she became the talk of the town (= very famous) .
comments or remarks that show that you are ready to fight very hard for sth
What we want from the management is fighting talk.
These are all words for a conversation about sth.
a detailed conversation about sth that is considered to be important
Discussions are still taking place between the two leaders.
a talk, usually a private or informal one, involving two people or a small group; the activity of talking in this way
a telephone conversation
conversations in a book, play or film
The novel has long descriptions and not much dialogue.
A dialogue is also a formal discussion between two groups, especially when they are trying to solve a problem or end a dispute.
The President told waiting reporters there had been a constructive dialogue.
a conversation or discussion, often one about a problem or sth important for the people involved
I had a long talk with my boss about my career prospects.
a formal discussion between groups of people before a decision is made about sth
There have been extensive consultations between the two countries.
a friendly informal conversation; informal talking
The countable use of chat is especially British English.
I just called in for a chat about the kids.
a conversation about other people and their private lives
We had a good gossip about the boss.
These are all words for a talk given to an audience.
a formal talk given to an audience
Several people made speeches at the wedding.
a talk given to a group of people to tell them about a particular subject, often as part of a university or college course
a lecture on the Roman army
a course/series of lectures
a formal speech given to an audience
a televised presidential address
speech or address?
A speech can be given on a public or private occasion; an address is always public.
a fairly informal session in which sb tells a group of people about a subject
She gave an interesting talk on her visit to China.
a talk on a moral or religious subject, usually given by a religious leader during a service
These words all mean to share news, information, ideas or feelings with another person or other people, especially by talking with them.
to speak in order to give information, express feelings or share ideas
We talked on the phone for over an hour.
( rather formal ) to talk and share ideas on a subject or problem with other people, especially in order to decide sth
Have you discussed the problem with anyone?
不能说discuss about sth：
You cannot say ‘discuss about sth’.
to talk to sb about sth; to have a conversation with sb
I've spoken to the manager about it.
‘Can I speak to Susan?’ ‘Speaking.’ (= at the beginning of a telephone conversation)
talk or speak?
Speak can suggest a more formal level of communication than talk . You speak to sb about sth to try to achieve a particular goal or to tell them to do sth. You talk to sb in order to be friendly or to ask their advice.
Have you talked to your parents about the problems you're having?
I've spoken to Ed about it and he's promised not to let it happen again.
( rather formal ) to exchange information or ideas with sb
We only communicate by email.
Dolphins use sound to communicate with each other.
Communicate is often used when the speaker wants to draw attention to the means of communication used.
the act of giving a talk to an audience
- I attended an interesting talk on local history
an exchange of ideas via conversation
- let's have more work and less talk around here
discussion;(`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of')
- his poetry contains much talk about love and anger
idle gossip or rumor
- there has been talk about you lately
近义词: talk of the town
a speech that is open to the public
- he attended a lecture on telecommunications
近义词: lecture,public lecture
deliver a lecture or talk
- She will talk at Rutgers next week
- Did you ever lecture at Harvard?
divulge confidential information or secrets
- Be careful--his secretary talks
近义词: spill the beans,let the cat out of the bag,tattle,blab,peach,babble,sing,babble out,blab out
express in speech
- She talks a lot of nonsense
- This depressed patient does not verbalize
- If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!
- The former employee spilled all the details
exchange thoughts;talk with
- We often talk business
- Actions talk louder than words
- the baby talks already
- the prisoner won't speak
- they speak a strange dialect