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.

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 An update to the Electoral Count Act was part of the discussion, according to a Collins spokeswoman. Brian Slodysko, ajc, 10 Jan. 2022 The timeout from the first-year head coach sparked a whirlwind of discussion on social media. oregonlive, 10 Jan. 2022 Some of the discussion may be prompted by questions about whether the DIY tests really can diagnose COVID-19. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 8 Jan. 2022 That is the undercurrent of discussion among folks around the league with speculation general manager Ryan Pace will remain employed. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 7 Jan. 2022 And when Fox did cover the attack on the US Capitol, much of the discussion focused on criticizing Biden. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 Calipari is no stranger to this type of discussion. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 6 Jan. 2022 However, interpretation of that term has been the subject of discussion ever since FSA was passed. Walter Pavlo, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Much of the discussion about the No Surprises Act focuses on people who go to an in-network hospital in an emergency and receive care from an out-of-network provider, such as a doctor or laboratory. Stacy Bratcher, STAT, 4 Jan. 2022

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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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13 Jan 2022

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“Discussion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discussion. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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