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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Mayors provided organizers with documentation kits to help frame the discussions, including economic and statistical talking points. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "French Press for Tax Cuts as Macron Pressured to Deliver Change," 8 Apr. 2019 Barbara and Elisabeth ended up embracing by the time the cameras started rolling again, seemingly making peace after the heated discussion. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "‘The View’ Fans Shocked at EXPLOSIVE Audio of Elisabeth Hasselbeck After a Feud With Barbara Walters," 5 Apr. 2019 The question that a lot of the dinner discussion will aim to get at is how equitable conditions, in the broader sense, can be achieved. Noor Brara, Vogue, "How a Woman-Led Dinner Series, and the Country’s Best Chefs, Are Changing the Culinary Status Quo," 2 Apr. 2019 Streep spoke to Glenda Jackson for Interview and during the discussion, the Big Little Lies actress opened up about becoming a grandmother. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meryl Streep Just Said the Sweetest Thing About Becoming a Grandma for the First Time," 2 Mar. 2019 Scheduled over two days in New York City, on October 10th and 11th, the conference will include not only impactful Q&As, but experiential sessions and group discussions. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Vogue Forces of Fashion Conference is Back in 2019 With Tom Ford, Tory Burch, and More," 28 Mar. 2019 When Prada, Gucci and Burberry recently apologized for using racist imagery that drew an outcry online and calls for boycotts, discussion surged about the fashion industry’s strained history with blacks. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "A Fashion Insider Pushes for Diversity," 25 Mar. 2019 These two deaths have led the Parkland community to begin a discussion regarding mental health and helping the survivors of the shooting cope with the event. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Second Survivor of the Parkland Shooting Has Died By Suicide," 25 Mar. 2019 Also not surprisingly, Joy Behar and Meghan McCain didn't see eye-to-eye during the discussion. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Joy Behar and Meghan McCain Got Heated Over the College Admissions Scandal," 13 Mar. 2019

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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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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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