Chat meaning

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The act or an instance of chatting.
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Any of various passerine birds with a chattering call.
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An easy, informal talk or conversation.
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Of or having to do with chatting.

A chat group, chat session.

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A spike, as of plantain.
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The definition of a chat is a friendly, casual conversation.

When you and your neighbor have a casual little talk, this is an example of a chat.

When you have an electronic conversation using an instant message service on a computer screen, this is an example of a chat.

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Any of several songbirds of various families characterized by a chattering song; esp., a yellow-breasted wood warbler (Icteria virens) of North America.
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Small talk; chitchat.

A letter filled with chat about books.

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A real-time communication via keyboard between two or more users on a local network (LAN) or over the Internet. Non-verbal, a computer chat is like sending text messages back and forth. Either characters are transmitted after each key is pressed, or all the text is sent when the user presses Enter. The term chat became so pervasive in the computing world that a two-way audio communication is sometimes called a "voice chat," and video calling is often called "video chat."Live Chat for SupportLive text chat is a common website support system, allowing someone to be assisted by a company representative, who typically handles more than one site visitor at a time. Called "live chat," "live help," "live person" or "live support software."Chat vs. Instant Messaging (IM) vs. Texting (SMS)Although all three of these services deal with sending and receiving text, chat and IM sessions are on the computer, while texting is done on cellphones. Chat sessions can be initiated by users merely browsing a website to interact with a sales or service rep at that very moment, whereas instant messaging (IM) requires installing an IM program, opening an account and sending invitations to recipients. See instant messaging and text messaging.Chatting and TextingSince chat is an English word, if someone refers to "chatting and texting" on a cellphone, it means real chatting (voice calling) and sending text messages. See chat room, video chat and IRC.
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To chat is defined as to talk or have a friendly exchange.

When you stop and talk to your neighbor about the weather and your kids, this is an example of a time when you chat with your neighbor.

When you have a conversation with someone on your computer screen using an instant messaging service, this is an example of a chat.

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An ament or catkin, as of a willow.
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A samara, as of a maple.
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To converse in an easy, familiar manner; talk lightly and casually.
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To participate in a synchronous exchange of remarks with one or more people over a computer network.
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An informal, light conversation.
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A synchronous exchange of remarks over a computer network.
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Any of various birds in the families Muscicapidae or Parulidae that have a chattering call, especially the yellow-breasted chat.
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To talk or converse in a light, easy, informal manner.
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To hold a real-time electronic conversation by exchanging typed messages.
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chat up
  • To chat with, often, specif., in a flirtatious or seductive way.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of chat

  • Middle English chatten to jabber alteration of chateren chatter
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition