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talk
British English: /tɔːk/
American English: /tɔk/

Translation of talk in French:

noun

  • 1 (talking, gossip)
    uncountable mpl
    there is talk of something/of doing
    il est question de quelque chose/de faire, on parle de quelque chose/de faire
    there is talk of me doing
    il est question que je fasse
    there is talk that …
    on dit que, le bruit court que …
    there is (a lot of) talk about something
    il est (beaucoup) question de quelque chose
    he's all talk it's nothing but ou a lot of talk it's just talk
    ce ne sont que des paroles en l'air
    such talk is dangerous/ridiculous
    de tels propos sont dangereux/ridicules
    he dismissed talk of problems/defeat
    il a refusé de parler des problèmes/de la défaite
    they are the talk of the town
    on ne parle que d'eux
  • 2 (conversation) to have a talk with somebody
    parler à quelqu'un
    to have a talk about something/somebody
    parler de quelque chose
    with avec
    avoir une discussion à propos de quelque chose
    with avec

also: talks plural noun

  • (formal discussions)
    (between governments)
    discussions
    fpl between entre
    (between several groups, countries)
    (between management and unions)
    négociations
    fpl, fpl beween entre
    to hold talks
    tenir une conférence
    arms talks
    conférence sur le désarmement
    pay talks
    négociations salariales
    trade talks
    négociations commerciales
    talks about talks
    négociations pour mettre sur pied une conférence

transitive verb

  • 1 (discuss) See examples: to talk business/sport
    parler affaires/de sport
  • 2 (speak)
    (French, Spanish etc)
    to talk nonsense
    raconter n'importe quoi
    she's talking sense
    ce qu'elle dit est plein de bon sens
    we're talking £2 million/three years (informal)
    il faut compter deux millions de livres sterling/trois ans
    we're talking a huge investment/a major project (informal)
    il s'agit d'un investissement énorme/d'un projet important
    we're talking big money here
    (discussing large sums of money)
    il s'agit ici de sommes considérables
    (discussing wealthy people)
    nous parlons ici de gens très riches
  • 3 (persuade) See examples: to talk somebody into doing
    persuader quelqu'un de faire
    to talk somebody out of doing
    dissuader quelqu'un de faire
    you've talked me into it!
    vous m'avez convaincu!
    he talked his way out of it
    (out of doing a chore)
    il y a échappé grâce à son bagou (informal)
    (out of a difficult situation)
    il s'en est tiré grâce à son bagou (informal)

intransitive verb

  • 1 (converse) to talk to ou with somebody
    parler à or avec quelqu'un
    to talk to oneself
    parler tout seul
    to talk about something/about doing
    parler de quelque chose/de faire
    to talk at somebody
    parler à quelqu'un sans l'écouter
    to keep somebody talking
    faire parler quelqu'un aussi longtemps que possible
    I'm not talking to him (out of pique)
    je ne lui parle plus
    talking of films/tennis…
    à propos de films/tennis…
    he knows/he doesn't know what he's talking about
    il sait/il ne sait pas de quoi il parle
    it's easy ou all right for you to talk, but you don't have to do it!
    tu peux parler, mais ce n'est pas toi qui dois le faire!
    who am I to talk? look ou listen who's talking!, you're a fine one to talk!, you can talk!
    tu peux parler!
    now you're talking!
    eh bien voilà!
    talk about stupid/expensive (informal)!
    comme idiotie/comme prix élevé, ça se pose un peu là (informal)!
    talk about laugh/work (informal)!
    qu'est-ce qu'on a ri/travaillé!
  • 2 (gossip)
    [pejorative]
    to give people something to talk about
    donner aux gens matière à jaser
  • 3 (give information)
    (person, prisoner, suspect)

Phrasal verbs

talk back

talk down

1 talk down to somebody
parler à quelqu'un avec condescendance
2 talk [somebody/something] down 2.1 (Aviation)
aider [quelqu'un/quelque chose] à atterrir en le guidant par radio
(pilot, plane)
2.2 (denigrate)

talk out

talk [something] out, talk out [something] 1.1 (discuss)
discuter or parler de [quelque chose] à fond
1.2 (British English) (Politics) (prevent passing of) See examples: to talk out a bill
prolonger la discussion d'un projet de loi
(de manière à ce que le vote n'ait pas lieu)

talk over

1 talk [something] over (discuss)
discuter de, parler de
(matter, issue)
2 talk [somebody] over (persuade)
faire changer [quelqu'un] d'avis

talk round

1 talk round [something] 2 talk [somebody] round
faire changer [quelqu'un] d'avis

talk through

talk [something] through
discuter de [quelque chose] tranquillement
to talk it through
en discuter tranquillement

talk up

talk [somebody/something] up, talk up [somebody/something]
(candidate, product)

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