top·ic | \ˈtä-pik \

Definition of topic 

1a : the subject of a discourse or of a section of a discourse

b : a heading in an outlined argument or exposition

2a : argument, reason

b : one of the general forms of argument employed in probable reasoning

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Examples of topic in a Sentence

He is comfortable discussing a wide range of topics. topics such as health and fitness

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Having started late last month, the college is hosting 25 free workshops mainly focused on topics relating to grammar, but also involving other work skills. Andrew J. Campa,, "Free workshops offer GCC students, teachers more personalized lessons," 10 July 2018 Touching on topics such as Boyd's being a muse to both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, and Swift's songwriting, the two stars spoke casually for Harper's Bazaar magazine in a piece published on July 10. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Talks Songwriting in New 'Harper's Bazaar' Interview With Pattie Boyd: 'That's the Purest Part of My Job'," 10 July 2018 For Davis, the Russian language was an entry point to educate himself on topics like the Gulag and Stalin and to visit Russia. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Russians in Houston have diverse views on international affairs," 8 July 2018 Peter Bohan, a longtime friend, said Obis wrote on topics from agribusiness to energy. Graydon Megan,, "Paul Obis, who started Vegetarian Times magazine, dies," 6 July 2018 Granger says the industry funds solely underwrote research on cardiovascular topics and did not augment his salary. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Featured authors will speak at panels on topics ranging from murder mystery to military to border issues. Emma Rooholfada,, "Emma's Report: U-T to host second annual San Diego Festival of Books," 5 July 2018 For two weeks, members had listened to the nation’s most distinguished scientists speak on topics ranging from lunar theory to the structures of organic acids. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Despite his pro-police stance, O’Neal doesn’t offer a strong opinion on most topics — a rarity in today’s Twitterverse. Nina Mandell, For The Win, "Shaq told ex-teammate who protested during national anthem in 1996: 'That's tripping'," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of topic

circa 1569, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for topic

Latin Topica Topics (work by Aristotle), from Greek Topika, from topika, neuter plural of topikos of a place, of a topos, from topos place, topos

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English Language Learners Definition of topic

: someone or something that people talk or write about


top·ic | \ˈtä-pik \

Kids Definition of topic

: the subject of something that is being discussed or has been written or thought about She didn't like talking about it and tried to change the topic.

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a state of commotion or excitement

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