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noun discussion pronunciation in American English /dɪˈskʌʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a conversation about something, usually something important
    Preliminary discussions between the two leaders are now underway.
    discussion with: Discussions with management have broken down.
    have a discussion: We need to have a discussion about your school work.
    discussion about/on: an interesting discussion on Internet censorship
    discussions take place: Discussions about the peace plan took place in Washington last week.
    hold discussions (=organize or have formal discussions): Parents and teachers will be holding discussions next month.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the process of talking about something that is important
    discussion of: There should be wider discussion of these issues.
    be in discussion with: They’re in discussion with a German company about a possible takeover.
    be under discussion (=being discussed): Proposals for changing the existing system are currently under discussion.
  3. 3
    [countable] a piece of writing about an important or serious subject
    discussion of: What follows is a discussion of the merits of each method.


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