1. To promote, advocate for, or speak favorably of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "talk" and "up." Your former manager has been talking you up quite a bit, so we have high hopes for you here.He talked up the play so much before I went that it didn't end up meeting my expectations.2. To cause or attempt to cause some commodity or investment to increase in value or price by discussing it or things that affect it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "talk" and "up." Economists have been talking up the price of crude oil to avoid profit stagnation in the industry.The industry is filled with players who attempt to talk investments up just to line their own pockets.See also: talk, up
talk someone or something up
to promote or speak in support of someone or something. I've been talking the party up all day, trying to get people to come. They keep taking up the candidate as if he represented a real change.See also: talk, up
talk something up
to promote or advertise something by saying good things about it to as many people as possible. Let's talk the play up around campus so we can get a good audience. I will talk up the play all I can.See also: talk, up
Speak in favor of, promote, as in They were talking up their candidate all over the state. [Second half of 1800s] See also: talk, up
v. 1. To speak in favor of someone or something; promote someone or something: The mayor talked the candidate up. The publicist talked up the new product. 2. To cause the price or value of a particular investment to increase by publicly talking about it or factors affecting it: Officials talked up the price of gas by warning of a shortage. The oil speculators are talking prices up.
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speak in favor of The manager was talking up the product as we entered the meeting.
v. 1. To speak in favor or support of. Let's talk up the game and get a big crowd. 2. To speak plainly or clearly. The teacher asked the student to talk up. Synonym: SPEAK UP. 3. informal To say what you want or think; say what someone may not like. Talk up if you want more pie.George isn't afraid to talk up when he disagrees with the teacher. Synonym: SPEAK UP. Compare: SPEAK OUT.