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discussion noun

ADJ. detailed, full, in-depth, lengthy, long They had a detailed discussion of the issues. | brief | considerable After considerable discussion, they decided to accept our offer. | initial, preliminary | further The plan was agreed without further discussion. | general, wide-ranging a wide-ranging discussion on women's rights | public | formal, informal After the lecture there will be an opportunity for informal discussion. | bilateral, group, one-to-one, round-table a series of bilateral discussions between Israel and neighbouring states Women were asked to take part in small group discussions. | candid, frank, open | animated, heated, intense, lively a heated discussion about politics | serious | reasoned | useful | inconclusive

VERB + DISCUSSION have, hold We had a long discussion about the plans for next year. The two governments are to hold discussions on the border issue. | enter into We are hoping to enter into discussions with leaders of the prison service. | be involved in, join in, participate in, take part in They refused to take part in the discussions. | generate, initiate, provoke, stimulate These latest findings have generated a lot of discussion of the moral issues involved. | set up ways of setting up discussions between children to explore each other's viewpoints | lead, open, start The discussion was led by the director of marketing. Who is going to start the discussion? | bring sth up for, come up for, open sth up for The issue should come up for discussion at the climate change conference. The topic must be opened up for general discussion. | open up We need to open up a discussion on the basic aspects of the theory. | confine I wish to confine the discussion to income taxation. | sum up Let us sum up the discussion so far. | break off, conclude, end The government has broken off discussions with the unions. We decided to end the discussion before it got out of hand. | defer, postpone | follow up Discussion should be followed up by a written report.

DISCUSSION + VERB take place Discussions have taken place between the two leaders. | centre on Discussion centred on the contribution different groups would make to the project. | break out, ensue An intense discussion broke out about the importance of intuition. Adam raised the issue of multimedia applications and much useful discussion ensued. | continue

DISCUSSION + NOUN group | document

PREP. for ~ the subject for discussion | during/in a/the ~ During our discussions we raised many issues that need deeper consideration. | in ~ with The company had been in discussion with companies in Austria, Italy and Greece. | under ~ Plans for a new bypass are still under discussion. | ~ about/on a discussion about reform of the health service | ~ as to Discussion continues as to the relative merits of the different schemes. | ~ between discussions between management and union officials | ~ of a discussion of the issues involved | ~ with discussions with the government

PHRASES a basis for discussion We can use the draft document as a basis for discussion. | a forum for discussion The group provides a forum for the discussion of ideas. | the outcome of a discussion The outcome of the discussions is a decision to proceed with Phase 2 of the programme. | a subject/topic for/of discussion > Special page at MEETING