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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.


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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