top·​ic | \ ˈtä-pik How to pronounce topic (audio) \

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
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
Recent Examples on the Web The Rationalists saw themselves as people who applied scientific thought to almost any topic. New York Times, "Silicon Valley’s Safe Space," 8 Feb. 2021 Each episode is dedicated to a New York topic, from subways, Time Square to annoying tourists. Lauren Hill,, "What we’re watching: From ‘Walker’ reboot to Brit hit ‘The Sister’," 22 Jan. 2021 To stop the company from showing you ads based on these details, click the categories under Manage Data Used to Show You Ads and turn the toggle switches off or click the Remove button next to a topic of interest. David Nield, Popular Science, "How to uncover what Facebook knows about you," 12 Jan. 2021 Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world, and a new public art installation on Houston's Northside is bringing awareness to the topic. Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "Northside Houston's 'mini murals' offer hope, help to human trafficking victims," 12 Jan. 2021 The fact that, actually, very few Black men actually got to exercise their vote was not relevant to their topic. Ko Bragg, USA TODAY, "First came suffrage. Then came the Women of the Ku Klux Klan.," 5 Jan. 2021 Interested in a weekly email newsletter dedicated to the topic? Emma Discher,, "Here's why Dr. Avegno, other Louisiana health officials took the coronavirus vaccine," 15 Dec. 2020 Casually working the conversation around to the topic of anonymous gifts arriving in the mail is burdensome, but possible. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Relatives request gift guidance, not itemized wish lists," 9 Dec. 2020 Afterwards, participants can share and contribute their own thoughts and experiences related to the session topic., "Community news for the Glastonbury edition," 20 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of topic was circa 1569

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24 Feb 2021

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“Topic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of topic

: someone or something that people talk or write about


top·​ic | \ ˈtä-pik How to pronounce topic (audio) \

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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