The word ‘talk‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to communicate using words.

For example:

  • The children won’t stop talking.
  • I need to talk to my boss tomorrow.


Talk is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is talked. Click here to find out how to correctly pronounce ‘ed’ in the past tense.


HOT TIP – The ‘l’ in talk is not pronounced, it is a silent letter.

phrasal verbs with talk

phrasal verbs with talk

Phrasal verbs with ‘talk’ include:

talk around/round/into

meaning – persuade
example – My boss won’t give me a pay rise, I need to talk him into it.

phrasal verbs with talk - talk around/round/into

talk back

meaning – respond rudely
example – I got detention for talking back to the teacher.

phrasal verbs with talk - talk back

talk down

meaning – make something sound less important or stop someone jumping from a high place
example – He talks down his role in the company but, I know he is very important.

phrasal verbs with talk - talk down

talk down to  

meaning – talk to someone in a superior way
example – No one likes our supervisor; he talks down to everyone.

phrasal verbs with talk - talk down to

talk out of  

meaning – persuade someone not to do something
example – I’ve talked myself out of going to the pub. I need to save for my holiday.

phrasal verbs with talk - talk out of

talk over/through       

meaning – discuss
example – We talked over some ideas for the business. Next year we will go global.

phrasal verbs with talk - talk over/through

talk someone into

meaning – persuade someone to do something
example – We need to talk Alex into driving us to that rave in Bristol.

phrasal verbs with talk - talk someone into meaning and examples

talk up

meaning – make something sound more important/better than it is
example – Molly has been talking up this band all month. I’m excited to see them live.

phrasal verbs with talk - talk up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with talk below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.

Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with talk, how about learning the idioms with talk too?

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