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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And with 50th-birthday well wishes overflowing on social media Saturday, the topic of his mind-boggling agelessness inevitably came up again. Marci Robin, Allure, "Paul Rudd Just Turned 50 and Still Looks Exactly the Same as He Did in the ‘90s," 7 Apr. 2019 Advertising What’s unclear is whether a Trump-Care bill will emerge from the White House or Capitol Hill to replace the Affordable Care Act or if the president’s push for a policy outcome fades to little more than a topic for the campaign trail. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Senate GOP wary in Trump’s revived health care battle," 1 Apr. 2019 The topics have loomed over his visit to the North African country, which is currently the biggest transit route for African and Middle Eastern migrants trying to reach Europe. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Reaches Out to Muslims, Champions Migrants in Morocco," 30 Mar. 2019 The Broward County School Superintendent’s Office, where MSD is located, is working to reach out to parents about discussing the topic with their children. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Second Survivor of the Parkland Shooting Has Died By Suicide," 25 Mar. 2019 For instance, a topic that comes up a lot: Everyone has cameras now. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "15 years later, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is finally happening," 21 Mar. 2019 My dream is to pick a topic, pick a war, pick a decision that has consequence and just report the hell out of it for like three years, and just have this really definitive account of something that has really big public import. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Axios’ Jonathan Swan explains what the press gets wrong about the Trump administration," 6 Dec. 2018 But the funniest insight came when Chrissy reflected on an old, hilarious tweet about her and John Legend's relationship (one of her favorite topics to joke about). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Hilarious, Sexy Fib Chrissy Teigen Told John Legend on Their First Date," 6 Feb. 2019 One of those programs, Respond Inc., has incorporated into its curriculum topics like showing up on time and wearing appropriate attire, said board member Ron O’Neal. Kate King, WSJ, "Wanted: Employees Who Can Shake Hands, Make Small Talk," 9 Dec. 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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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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