dis·​cus·​sion | \ di-ˈskə-shən How to pronounce discussion (audio) \

Definition of discussion

1 : consideration of a question in open and usually informal debate a heated political discussion
2 : a formal treatment of a topic in speech or writing A discussion on the topic is included in the first chapter.

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Examples of discussion in a Sentence

The class was involved in a heated discussion about politics. I hope to have a discussion with them about the matter soon. After much discussion of the plan, the idea was rejected entirely. During the period under discussion, the town grew in size. The smoking ban is a major topic of discussion these days. The article is an in-depth discussion of his theories. The first chapter includes a discussion of childcare issues.
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Recent Examples on the Web The changing preferences are part of a wider discussion around gender identity and equality. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "Does Your Razor Need a Gender?," 1 Feb. 2020 Agency stretched thin The board also had an extensive discussion Friday of the institutional strain that implementing the law is having on the agency. oregonlive, "Oregon pension reforms lower costs, but stretch agency thin," 1 Feb. 2020 Engel and other Democratic leaders began the impeachment investigation one day after that discussion. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Leak throws Bolton deeper into Ukraine scandal hours before impeachment witness vote," 31 Jan. 2020 Have a long-overdue discussion looking for a better solution. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 31 Jan. 2020 Eventually, discussions should become more concrete and include interconnected familial finances. John Schlifske, Fortune, "Let’s break the taboo of talking about your finances," 31 Jan. 2020 Singleton said he has not been involved in discussions. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "State discusses purchase of private prison in Perry County because of Holman closing," 31 Jan. 2020 Here are several things to know about the discussions. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oconomowoc School Board members are split on what to do with the old Meadow View Elementary School," 31 Jan. 2020 One person familiar with the exchange, granted anonymity to speak frankly about the matter, described the discussions as merely fodder during an otherwise casual dinner meeting between longtime friends working for rival camps. Ed O'keefe, CBS News, "Andrew Yang says he's been approached by other campaigns for Iowa caucus alliance," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of discussion

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for discussion

see discuss

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The first known use of discussion was in 1546

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4 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discussion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discussion. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of discussion

: the act of talking about something with another person or a group of people : a conversation about something
: a speech or piece of writing that gives information, ideas, opinions, etc., about something


dis·​cus·​sion | \ di-ˈskə-shən How to pronounce discussion (audio) \

Kids Definition of discussion

: conversation for the purpose of understanding or debating a question or subject

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