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noun discussion pronunciation in American English /dɪˈskʌʃ(ə)n/ 
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singulardiscussion
pluraldiscussions
  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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