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 This is a good time to have a discussion about establishing boundaries for when one or more of you is working (or studying) from home. Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "Everyone benefits if you set boundaries while working at home," 11 Sep. 2020 The board also had a lengthy discussion on student fees and various options presented by David Bein, assistant superintendent of business services/chief school business officer. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Barrington SD220 chief says 300 students on campus daily and district ‘to bring more and more kids back' into buildings," 9 Sep. 2020 The individual photos from the image also appear on various discussion boards and forums attributed to Loury. Eric Litke, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Images said to be Jacob Blake are at least 4 years old," 3 Sep. 2020 Nana is expected to hit Belize as a Category 1 hurricane, and wind shear is expected to limit its intensity, according to a forecast discussion. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Nana likely to become season’s fifth hurricane, NHC says," 2 Sep. 2020 Bengals players and leadership had a discussion Thursday morning on whether or not to cancel practice. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Notebook: Bengals elect to practice but social justice conversations to continue," 28 Aug. 2020 On the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention, presidential nominee Joe Biden had a remote roundtable discussion with a number of union representatives. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "What Joe Biden could do to win working class votes," 21 Aug. 2020 There’s been expressed appreciation and gratitude to have a frank discussion that’s providing a slightly different perspective. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Q&A: Cardiologist explains why myocarditis shouldn’t be primary reason to cancel football," 19 Aug. 2020 School discussion boards, real-time classroom conversations and email communication are other ways your child can interact with peers. USA Today, "These online learning tips will help parents prepare for a successful school year, even if it is virtual.," 6 Aug. 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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21 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discussion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discussion. Accessed 26 Sep. 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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