Definition of dialogue noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    dialogue

     noun
    (also dialog)noun
    NAmE//ˈdaɪəˌlɔɡ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈdaɪəˌlɑɡ//
     
    [countable, uncountable]
     
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  1. 1 conversations in a book, play, or movie The novel has long descriptions and not much dialogue. dialogues for language learners Thesaurusdiscussionconversation dialogue talk debate consultation chat gossipThese are all words for an occasion when people talk about something.discussion a detailed conversation about something that is considered to be important:Discussions are still taking place between the two countries.conversation a talk, usually a private or informal one, involving two people or a small group; the activity of talking in this way:a telephone conversationdialogue conversations in a book, play, or movie:The novel has long descriptions and not much dialogue.A dialogue is also a formal discussion between two groups, especially when they are trying to solve a problem or end a dispute:The leaders engaged in a constructive dialogue about climate change.talk a conversation or discussion, often one about a problem or something important for the people involved:I had a long talk with my boss about my career prospects.debate a formal discussion of an issue at a public meeting or in Congress. In a debate, two or more speakers express opposing views and then there is often a vote on the issue:a debate over prison reformconsultation a formal discussion between groups of people before a decision is made about something:The proposal was based on extensive consultations with leading scientists.chat a friendly, informal conversation; informal talking:Could I have a quick chat with you?gossip talk about other people and their private lives, that is often unkind or not true:Office gossip can be nasty and cruel.Patterns (a) discussion/conversation/dialogue/talk/debate/consultation/chat/gossip about something a discussion/conversation/dialogue/debate/consultation on something in (close) discussion/conversation/dialogue/debate/consultation >with>somebody to have a discussion/conversation/dialogue/talk/debate/consultation/chat >with>somebody to hold a discussion/conversation/debate/consultation
  2. 2 a formal discussion between two groups or countries, especially when they are trying to solve a problem, end a disagreement, etc. The president told waiting reporters there had been a constructive dialogue. compare monologue
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