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dialogue

Line breaks: dia|logue
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪəlɒɡ
 
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(US also dialog)

Definition of dialogue in English:

noun

1A conversation between two or more people as a feature of a book, play, or film: the book consisted of a series of dialogues [mass noun]: passages of dialogue
More example sentences
  • There isn't much spoken out loud in the film, even though we retained nearly all the dialogue from the book.
  • He read all the books and I do mean all and could recite large passages of film dialogue by heart.
  • A series of ads for Borden dairy products featured dialogues between Elsie the cow and her blustering husband Elmer.
Synonyms
conversation, talk, communication, interchange, discourse, argument;
informal jawing, gassing, gabbing
British informal nattering, chinwagging
Australian informal convo
archaic converse
script, text, screenplay, speech;
lines, words, parts, spoken parts
1.1A discussion between two or more people or groups, especially one directed towards exploration of a particular subject or resolution of a problem: the USA would enter into a direct dialogue with Vietnam [mass noun]: interfaith dialogue
More example sentences
  • The overall effect of the changes described above has been to allow firms to re-enter a direct dialogue with each of their customers.
  • Without direct dialogue with students on this question, it is difficult to say.
  • We're not just wanting a dialogue with the government-we need the government to move towards us.
Synonyms
discussion, exchange, debate, discourse, exchange of views, head-to-head, tête-à-tête, consultation, conference, parley, interview, question and answer session;
informal powwow, rap session, confab
North American informal skull session, rap

verb

[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
More example sentences
  • 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 film or play) with a dialogue.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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  • This comes via Old French and Latin from Greek dialogos, from dialegesthai ‘converse with, speak alternately’: the formative elements are dia- ‘through, across’ and legein ‘speak’. The tendency in English is to confine the sense to a conversation between two people, perhaps by associating the prefix dia- with di-. Dia- is also found in diameter (Late Middle English) ‘the measure across’; diaphanous (early 17th century) ‘shows through’; diaphragm (Late Middle English) a barrier that is literally a ‘fence through’, and diaspora (late 19th century) a scattering across.

Phrases

dialogue of the deaf

1
A discussion in which each party is unresponsive to what the others say.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

dialogist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Plato and Cicero depict questioning dialogists as superior to those who seek simple answers or summaries.
  • You may agree with one or other of the dialogists and you may wish to add additional arguments to the cases made.
  • ‘Preparing the people who are going to be the dialogists of tomorrow is this book's mission,’ he says.

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