subject(-matter), matter, issue, question, point, thesis, theme, text, keynote, field or area of study or of inquiry:
We need to decide on a topic for tonight's discussion.
chosen, selected | broad, general, large, wide
Before dealing with specific cases, she spoke on the broad topic of ‘discipline’.
| diverse, wide-ranging
The book covers such diverse topics as snorkelling and first aid.
| narrow | central, dominant, important, key, main, major, principal | complex, difficult | conversational, essay, lecture, research | controversial, sensitive
It might be better to avoid such a controversial topic.
| historical, philosophical, scientific, social, etc.
VERB + TOPIC
consider, cover, discuss, explore, deal with, focus on, look at, speak on, write on
In the next chapter the writer focuses on the topic of adoption.
TOPIC + NOUN
area, heading | work
Our teaching is based largely on topic work.
on a/the ~
Mr Graham will speak on the topic of dog breeding.
a choice of topic
She was an excellent speaker, but I found her choice of topic strange.
| a range/variety of topics, a topic of conversation/discussion
His main topic of conversation is football.
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