Definition of “chat” - English Dictionary

“chat” in British English

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chatverb [ I ]

uk /tʃæt/ us /tʃæt/ -tt-

A2 to talk to someone in a friendly informal way:

She spends hours on the phone chatting to her friends.
We were just chatting about what we did last weekend.
Whenever I walk in, I always find the two of them chatting away (= talking eagerly).

A2 to take part in a discussion that involves sending messages over the internet, by smartphone, etc.:

Use the app to chat and send photos free from anywhere in the world.

More examples

  • I'd love to stop and chat but I'm rather pressed for time.
  • We were just walking along, chatting.
  • Half an hour later, she was smiling and chatting as if nothing had happened.
  • We spent a very jolly evening together, chatting and drinking.
  • He soon nosed out the details of the accident by chatting innocently to people and making some phone calls.

Phrasal verb(s)

chatnoun [ C or U ]

uk /tʃæt/ us /tʃæt/

A2 a friendly, informal conversation:

Why don't you give me a call and we'll have a chat?
I had a chat with my boss today about a possible salary increase.
It was the usual idle chat (= conversation about unimportant things).
See also

a discussion that involves sending messages over the internet, by phone, using a messaging service, etc.:

How do I start a group chat?

More examples

  • I'll come by your house one day this week and we can have a chat.
  • We had a real girlie chat.
  • I was just passing by , so I thought I'd drop in for a chat.
  • Our little chat has raised my spirits .
  • She's always on the run and never has time for a chat.

(Definition of “chat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“chat” in American English

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chatverb [ I ]

us /tʃæt/ -tt-

to talk to someone in a friendly informal way:

We stopped to chat with the neighbors.
chatty
adjective us /ˈtʃæt̬·i/

I sat next to a friendly, chatty woman.

chatnoun [ C ]

us /tʃæt/

a friendly, informal talk:

Sometimes Don would just stop by for a chat.
Call me sometime tomorrow and we can have a chat.

(Definition of “chat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“chat” in Business English

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chatverb [ I ]

uk /tʃæt/ us -tt-

to talk to someone in a friendly informal way:

Apart from discussing official business, it was extremely useful to chat informally about work.

INTERNET, COMMUNICATIONS to have a conversation with another person or other people on the internet, when you write down what you want to say, and can see immediately what the other person or other people are writing:

I got a message saying that she was available to chat.

chatnoun

uk /tʃæt/ us

[ C or U ] a friendly informal conversation:

have a chat with sb I had a chat with my boss today about a possible change of role.
It was just the usual idle chat, about nothing of great importance.

[ U ] INTERNET, COMMUNICATIONS communication between people on the internet, when they can see immediately what the other person or other people are writing:

a chat site/session

(Definition of “chat” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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