Definition of dialogue in English:


Syllabification: di·a·logue
Pronunciation: /ˈdīəˌläg, -ˌlôg
(also dialog)



[no object] chiefly North American Back to top  
  • 1Take part in a conversation or discussion to resolve a problem: he stated that he wasn’t going to dialogue with the guerrillas
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    • Civil society means we have to be willing to dialogue with others with whom we disagree.
    • Armed with this information, patients may find it easier to dialogue with their doctors.
    • Who are the various constituent groups that we need to dialogue with about this?
  • 1.1 [with object] Provide (a movie or play) with a dialogue.
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    • The film is sparsely dialoged and the simplicity and razor sharp focus of Kiewslowski's very Christian fable about suffering, love and redemption makes Heavenhighly unusual but powerfully sweet in its simple lyricism.
    • The subsequent Greek tragedy is perceptively detailed, exhaustively dialogued, and incohesively patched together.


dialogue of the deaf

A discussion in which each party is unresponsive to what the other says.
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  • It is, however, many years since the G7 fulfilled this role and its meetings are now dialogues of the deaf.
  • By the late 1930s, they began to act accordingly, thus contributing to a fascinating dialog of the deaf between purveyors and users of new technologies and techniques.
  • We are left with learned dialogues of the deaf, consisting solely of competing scholarly monologues in the present.


Middle English: from Old French dialoge, via Latin from Greek dialogos, from dialegesthai 'converse with', from dia 'through' + legein 'speak'.

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