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THEME

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does theme mean? 

THEME (noun)
  The noun THEME has 5 senses:

1. the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
2. a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
3. (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
4. an essay (especially one written as an assignment)
5. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

  Familiarity information: THEME used as a noun is common.


THEME (verb)
  The verb THEME has 1 sense:

1. provide with a particular theme or motive

  Familiarity information: THEME used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


THEME (noun)


Sense 1theme [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The subject matter of a conversation or discussion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

subject; theme; topic

Context examples:

he didn't want to discuss that subject / it was a very sensitive topic / his letters were always on the theme of love

Hypernyms ("theme" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "theme"):

bone of contention (the subject of a dispute)

precedent (a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time))

head; question (the subject matter at issue)

keynote (the principal theme in a speech or literary work)


Sense 2theme [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

theme; motif

Context example:

it was the usual 'boy gets girl' theme

Hypernyms ("theme" is a kind of...):

idea; thought (the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "theme"):

topos (a traditional theme or motif or literary convention)


Sense 3theme [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(music) melodic subject of a musical composition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

melodic theme; musical theme; theme; idea

Context examples:

the theme is announced in the first measures / the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it

Hypernyms ("theme" is a kind of...):

air; line; melodic line; melodic phrase; melody; strain; tune (a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence)

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "theme"):

motif; motive (a theme that is elaborated on in a piece of music)

statement ((music) the presentation of a musical theme)

variation (a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished)


Sense 4theme [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An essay (especially one written as an assignment)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

paper; theme; report; composition

Context example:

he got an A on his composition

Hypernyms ("theme" is a kind of...):

essay (an analytic or interpretive literary composition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "theme"):

term paper (a composition intended to indicate a student's progress during a school term)


Sense 5theme [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

stem; root word; root; theme; radical; base

Context example:

thematic vowels are part of the stem

Hypernyms ("theme" is a kind of...):

descriptor; form; signifier; word form (the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something)

Domain category:

linguistics (the scientific study of language)


THEME (verb)


Sense 1theme [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide with a particular theme or motive

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context example:

the restaurant often themes its menus

Hypernyms (to "theme" is one way to...):

furnish; provide; render; supply (provide or furnish with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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