dis·​cus·​sion di-ˈskə-shən How to pronounce discussion (audio)
: consideration of a question in open and usually informal debate
a heated political discussion
: a formal treatment of a topic in speech or writing
A discussion on the topic is included in the first chapter.

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web TrustCor has a small staff in Canada, where it is officially based at a UPS Store mail drop, company executive Rachel McPherson told Mozilla in the email discussion thread. Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2022 Boering spends several extra hours daily juggling the class with a team teacher to offer extended office hours, discussion sections, response to student emails and other tasks. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2022 Even friends wondered whether his public discussion of his mental illness was disingenuous, a form of reputation management. Ellen Barry Dave Sanders, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2022 The city also is reinvigorating its discussion on pet shops after community backlash against a pet store that opened last year at the San Marcos outlet malls. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Nov. 2022 During discussion in court over limitations on what the government could ask DiMassa, federal prosecutor Ray Miller said his actions can be explained, at least in part, by fear. Hartford Courant, 28 Nov. 2022 The deputy party secretary of the school arrived at the protest, promising to hold a schoolwide discussion. Huizhong Wu, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Nov. 2022 Going further includes, for Rai Cinema, having a discussion on the issue of release windows, the periods during which a film must remain exclusively screened in theaters, currently set in Italy, apart from exceptions, to 90 days. Trinidad Barleycorn, Variety, 27 Nov. 2022 The protesters left after the university’s deputy Communist Party secretary promised to hold a school-wide discussion. Dake Kang And Huizhong Wu, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


see discuss

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of discussion was in 1546

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“Discussion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discussion. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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dis·​cus·​sion dis-ˈkəsh-ən How to pronounce discussion (audio)
: conversation or debate for the purpose of understanding a question or subject

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