From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdiscussiondi‧scus‧sion /dɪˈskʌʃən/ ●●●S2W1 noun [countable, uncountable] 🔊 🔊 1DISCUSSwhen you discuss something 🔊 class discussions 🔊 the topics suggested for discussiondiscussion of 🔊 the discussion of important issuesdiscussion about 🔊 high-level discussions about trade and commercediscussion with 🔊 The embassy will continue discussions with the Chinese government. 🔊 We have had discussions about her legal situation.under discussion (=being discussed) 🔊 The project is under discussion as a possible joint venture.2DISCUSSa piece of writing about a subject that considers different ideas or opinions about itdiscussion of 🔊 the report’s discussion of the legislationTHESAURUSdiscussion an occasion when you discuss something, or the process of discussing itAfter a long discussion, they decided to paint the room pale blue.This led to a discussion of our favourite books.There are several projects under discussion (=being discussed).debatediscussion of a particular subject that often continues for a long time, in which people express different opinions. Also used to mean a formal discussion of a subject, after which people vote for or against somethingThere is a lot of debate about the safety of nuclear power.The student union is holding a debate on immigration.talks formal discussions between governments, organizations etcthe Arab-Israeli peace talksThe next round of trade talks will be held in the spring. Bilateral talks (=between two groups or countries)on refugees took place in November.negotiationsofficial discussions between two or more groups who are trying to agree on somethingThe two sides have begun negotiations aimed at ending the dispute.International negotiations on reducing sulphur dioxide emissions have ended without agreement.conference a large formal meeting at which people from many places discuss their work or research, or important mattersrelating to their organizationan international conference on nuclear physicsthe Labour Party conferenceconsultation a formal discussion in which people who are affected by or involved in something can give their opinionsThe government promised a full public consultation before a decision was made to build the airport. The revised syllabus was devised after wide consultations with the teaching profession.