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

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The most prolific tweeter in Oval Office history has gone mute on a topic that should be right up his alley: the overwhelming overseas success of the red, white and blue, especially right before the Fourth of July. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Donald Trump picked the wrong time for a Twitter rift with Megan Rapinoe, USWNT," 3 July 2019 Discussion covers medicine, doctors and nutrition among other topics. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Women’s club serves meal at Ronald McDonald House," 3 July 2019 Three sessions take place July 10, 17, and 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. Venturing into school can be a tough transition, but with the readiness topics and hands-on activities these kids will be prepped in no time., "River races, chamber music, and animal forensics," 3 July 2019 The brain has to work, use up energy, divert attention from other topics. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Unlock your creativity by battling your brain’s laziest shortcut," 2 July 2019 And, almost 50 years later, the topic is still considered bold for television (though this is slowly changing). Farah Joan Fard, Marie Claire, "After 30 Years, We Still Owe Elaine From 'Seinfeld' So Much," 2 July 2019 But her latest post tackles another topic: how sometimes her messages are taken the wrong way. Christina Oehler,, "Influencer Flaunts Her Booty to Prove That Not Every Bikini Photo Is Meant to Be Sexual," 2 July 2019 Suggestions for future topics may be directed to . Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Fourth of July pet safety: Fireworks, barbecues, mosquitoes, oh my!," 1 July 2019 What Sparked the Most Interest An analysis of search interest from Google Trends reveals which moments, comments and topics set off the biggest responses among viewers during the second night of the first Democratic debate. John Mccormick, WSJ, "Taking on Biden, Kamala Harris Makes Her Mark," 28 June 2019

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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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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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