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English noun: theme

1. theme (communication) the subject matter of a conversation or discussion


SamplesHe didn't want to discuss that subject.
It was a very sensitive topic.
His letters were always on the theme of love.


Synonymssubject, topic


Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance


Narrower (hyponym)bone of contention, head, keynote, precedent, question

2. theme (cognition) a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work


SamplesIt was the usual `boy gets girl' theme.


Synonymsmotif


Broader (hypernym)idea, thought


Narrower (hyponym)topos

3. theme (communication) (music) melodic subject of a musical composition


SamplesThe theme is announced in the first measures.
The accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it.


Synonymsidea, melodic theme, musical theme


Broader (hypernym)air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune


Narrower (hyponym)motif, motive, statement, variation


Domain categorymusic

4. theme (communication) an essay (especially one written as an assignment)


SamplesHe got an A on his composition.


Synonymscomposition, paper, report


Broader (hypernym)essay


Narrower (hyponym)term paper

5. theme (communication) (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed


SamplesThematic vowels are part of the stem.


Synonymsbase, radical, root, root word, stem


Broader (hypernym)descriptor, form, signifier, word form


Domain categorylinguistics


English verb: theme

1. theme (possession) provide with a particular theme or motive


SamplesThe restaurant often themes its menus.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply









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