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  1. theme
    IPA[THēm]
  2. noun

    • 1. the subject of a talk, a piece of writing, a person's thoughts, or an exhibition; a topic:

      the theme of the sermon was reverence a show on the theme of waste and recycling
    • 2. the first major constituent of a clause, indicating the subject-matter, typically being the subject but optionally other constituents, as in “poor he is not.”.

    • 3. an essay written by a student on an assigned subject.

    • 4. an idea that recurs in or pervades a work of art or literature:

      love and honor are the pivotal themes of the Hornblower books
    • 5. a prominent or frequently recurring melody or group of notes in a composition:

      the first violin takes up the theme high up in its register
      Synonym : melody, tune, air, motif, leitmotif
    • 6. (of music) frequently recurring in or accompanying the beginning and end of a film, play, or musical:

      a theme song
    • 7. a setting given to a leisure venue or activity, intended to evoke a particular country, historical period, culture, etc.:

      a family fun park with a western theme a New Deal theme restaurant
    • 8. the stem of a noun or verb; the part to which inflections are added, especially one composed of the root and an added vowel.

    • 9. any of the twenty-nine provinces in the Byzantine empire.

    verb

    • 1. give a particular setting or ambience to (a venue or activity):

      the amusement park will be themed as a Caribbean pirate stronghold
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: theme, plural noun: themes

    • noun

      the subject of a talk, piece of writing, exhibition, etc.; a topic:

      the first major constituent of a clause, indicating the subject matter, typically being the subject but optionally other constituents, as in ‘smitten he is not’.

    • verb

      give a particular theme or setting to (a leisure venue, event, etc.):
    • noun

      an amusement park with a unifying setting or idea.
    • noun

      an amusement park with a unifying setting or idea.
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