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chatverb [I]

 us   /tʃæt/ (-tt-)
to ​talk to someone in a ​friendlyinformal 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, ​informaltalk: Sometimes Don would just ​stop by for a chat. Call me ​sometimetomorrow and we can have a chat.
(Definition of chat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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chatverb [I]

uk   us   /tʃæt/ (-tt-)
A2 to ​talk to someone in a ​friendlyinformal way: She ​spendshours 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 (= ​talkingeagerly).A2 to take ​part in a ​discussion that ​involvessendingmessages over the internet, by smartphone, etc.: Use the ​app to chat and ​sendphotosfree from ​anywhere in the ​world.

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chatnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /tʃæt/
A2 a ​friendly, ​informalconversation: Why don't you give me a ​call and we'll have a chat? I had a chat with my ​boss today about a ​possiblesalaryincrease. It was the ​usual idle chat (= ​conversation about ​unimportant things).
See also
a ​discussion that ​involvessendingmessages over the internet, by ​phone, using a messagingservice, etc.: How do I ​start a ​group chat?

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(Definition of chat from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chat" in Business English

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chatverb [I]

uk   us   /tʃæt/ (-tt-)
to ​talk to someone in a ​friendly informal way: Apart from discussing ​officialbusiness, 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   us   /tʃæt/
[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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