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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
theme
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a central theme
▪ What would you say is the central theme of the book?
an underlying theme
▪ Death and rebirth are underlying themes in all of his novels.
recurrent theme
▪ Political revolution is a recurrent theme in Riley’s books.
recurring theme
▪ Love is a recurring theme in the book.
the theme tune/signature tune (=the tune at the beginning or end of a television programme etc)
▪ the theme tune from the movie 'Titanic'
theme park
theme party
▪ a Wild West theme party
topical subject/issue/theme etc
▪ a new TV comedy dealing with topical issues
variations on...theme
▪ Most of his poems are variations on the theme of love.
warm to a theme/subject/topic etc
▪ The more she spoke, the more she warmed to her subject.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
broad
▪ Then he began hammering his fellow board members on two broader themes: water and housing.
central
▪ Ideas of childishness, linguistic degeneration, and confusion support the central theme of the degradation of essential ritual.
▪ While the picture is richly designed and photographed, the film falters in dealing with its central theme.
▪ A central theme in Bad Blood is places and spaces, and how we learn to shape ourselves around them.
▪ New governors in three of our largest states-California, Florida, and Illinois-have made prevention a central theme of their administrations.
▪ It is a central theme throughout the book, and she criticises frequently the Catholic beliefs and customs.
▪ Their story echoes the central themes in Part 1 of this book:-Principles.
▪ What has this to do with our central theme of locality?
▪ A central theme in their experience was the dogged struggle with subordinates about their respective responsibilities.
different
▪ Ask one of the residents to devise the questions on perhaps a different theme each week.
▪ Each floor had a different theme.
▪ Now, some children are performing plays with very different themes.
▪ Each rally has a different theme.
▪ But today's rally in Stoneleigh in Warwickshire had a different theme.
▪ Every year in August there is a Village Fayre down the main street, with a different theme each year.
▪ Each one is beautifully illustrated with a different theme, capturing a variety of aspects of Britain at its best.
dominant
▪ The dominant theme of this literature was concern for the well-being of the peasantry.
▪ Durkheim is perhaps the key protagonist of this dominant theme of profound social change.
▪ Britain's poor economic performance has been the dominant theme of political debate and economic discourse since the 1950s.
▪ However, for all dominant themes of harmony, within the noisy ambiguity there might also be quieter, discordant notes.
▪ The dominant theme remains still-life and the prominence of lamps and the pools of light which they shed.
▪ The desire for peace was the increasingly dominant and constant theme of popular opinion.
▪ A dominant theme in these portrayals is criminality in East End communities: small-time crooks, petty crime and drinking clubs.
familiar
▪ Both of these have been familiar themes over the past decade and more.
▪ That most men orient themselves more as subjects than as citizens is a familiar theme.
▪ But the sociological studies in this work go widely into much broader aspects of the familiar themes of energy and transport.
▪ Not knowing: This is a familiar theme.
▪ Appointees interviewed repeated a familiar theme: They all loved their jobs but are beating a retreat without regret.
general
▪ Inventions - the discovery of new information about the production process - are a particular example of this general theme.
▪ Placing the general theme in the center of the board, the class develops a list of subtopics that might be explored.
▪ The general theme for all the festivals has been the country and the city.
▪ Peters has augmented his books with countless articles, speeches, and seminars, all on the same general theme.
▪ Broadsheets turned to long articles about general themes, campaign strategies and sophisticated analysis of opinion polls.
▪ Those then are the general themes of Barbarossa as a legendary character.
▪ Two or three of these general themes offered a focus for work on each of the units.
▪ But some general themes can be extracted here.
important
▪ An important theme of empirical and theoretical work on contemporary social structure is that of social differentiation, and its spatial aspects.
▪ Then the question of social purpose once again became a relevant and important theme for adult educators.
▪ Changing the style and responsibilities of health service managers has been an important theme of Conservative health policy.
▪ However, decentralization raises an important theme for the empirical processes to be outlined in the next three chapters.
▪ This suggests an important theme which will be taken up in a later discussion of Paisley's leadership style.
▪ This is not to say that differences between the legal and practical definitions should not be an important theme for analysis.
▪ A second important theme in the evolving urban debate after 1979 is the issue of deregulation and decontrol.
▪ The nature of these relationships will form an important fourth theme in the work.
main
▪ I shall build up to this point using a specific example which is the other main theme of this chapter.
▪ The main theme is that the duties and responsibilities of each person in the organization are unambiguously defined.
▪ The booklet was divided into the four main themes identified above.
▪ One of the main themes of the subject in recent years has been corporatism - which particularly drew attention to group participation.
▪ In many traditional catalogues, access will only be provided to two or three main themes.
▪ It is remarkable how this interest extends even to topics which do not seem related to the main themes of his studies.
▪ There are many continuing themes in this novel and in my opinion the main theme is that of contentment.
▪ It is intended to convey an impression of the main themes at work. 1.
major
▪ A major theme in local government is to control the power of the professional.
▪ Four major themes characterized its approach: 1.
▪ They are based on a regular series of expert conferences, each on a major theme of policy.
▪ Crime and the State A second major theme is the effectiveness of the state in preventing and punishing crime.
▪ What the book does attempt to do is to provide a framework of problems and ideas, exploring major themes.
▪ The supple interplay of major themes will furnish it with the exhilarating sense of a mind meticulous but free.
▪ Five major themes can be explored.
▪ In addition, a number of major themes of change were identified.
recurrent
▪ Leaning rather than pulling is a recurrent theme in windsurfing which, once mastered, leads to rapid progress.
▪ But suicide is a recurrent theme in support group discussions.
▪ A repeated stress upon the benefits brought by diversity is a recurrent theme of the Council documents.
▪ We examine these recurrent themes in the managers' first-year biographies in the following pages.
▪ A quite different sort of example is the recurrent theme of asking for a sign in the gospel narratives.
▪ Yet, despite the stylistic variety, there is a noticeable abundance of recurrent themes and messages.
▪ The waking and stirring of life is a recurrent theme in this poem.
similar
▪ Take a critical look at effective sites on similar themes.
▪ You should also include links to sites with a similar theme or subject.
▪ In Psalm 8 a similar theme emerges.
■ NOUN
campaign
▪ The same anti-fashion pose will soon be used on other campaign themes.
▪ They felt I was the best candidate for change, which is my campaign theme.
▪ Clinton hammered away at campaign themes tailor-made to appeal to predominantly white swing voters who might otherwise vote for Republican Bob Dole.
▪ The Democrats even turned the issue into a 1996 campaign theme.
▪ Glassheim's campaign theme emphasized change and he frequently criticized Owens.
▪ It lays out his campaign themes of opportunity, responsibility and community.
music
▪ Subconsciously I remembered then began to hum the Robinson Crusoe theme music.
▪ The theme music for the show starts up.
▪ I know she liked the theme music.
▪ The theme music starts and I immediately find something more interesting to do.
▪ Giorgio Moroder provides the theme music.
▪ Then we play the theme music of his films here, and meditate.
park
▪ There are also plans for a theme park next to Disneyland.
▪ Popular with senior citizens and the motor-coach touring set, the Heritage Plantation is billed as an Americana theme park and arboretum.
▪ The dinosaurs in the fictitious theme park do manage to dismember some of their human visitors.
▪ It covers theme parks, ticketing, special events and accommodations.
▪ But it does strike one as, potentially, a marvelous theme park ride.
▪ Only that this would be on a farm: a sort of gastronomic theme park.
▪ Growth control was in and growth-inducers like theme parks were out.
song
▪ The singer was chuffed when her album title track Proud was chosen as Labour's election theme song.
▪ I worked on the theme song with Ziggy Marley.
▪ And you can sing that Morphin Ranger theme song ad nauseum.
▪ Sometimes the cartoon theme song is better than some of the episodes themselves.
tune
▪ The theme tune from Titanic was played at their wedding.
▪ Gowie Corby, Gowie Corby, the theme tune for all that's wrong in this school.
▪ Tampons that play the Hollyoaks theme tune when inserted?
▪ He had come to equate the programme's theme tune with dinner.
▪ We swung into the Brotherhood of Man's special theme tune and turned all the spots on the stadium entrance.
■ VERB
based
▪ Many novels of adventure have been based on the chivalric theme of service to women.
▪ Dance based on ethnic themes fared better.
▪ An innovative programme of promotions, based on the themes of connoisseurship and discovery, has built a solid following.
▪ Some Clubs feature their own children's programme, not necessarily based on a pirate theme.
▪ It involves the development of a restricted number of units of study based on themes which can be examined across the curriculum.
▪ The project is based on the theme of the inland waterway and its significance historically, socially, environmentally and culturally.
▪ It is an entirely new pack, based on the Christmas theme.
▪ Edward Taylor's inspirational jacquard designs include a variety of bold and vibrant patterns based upon cultural themes and motifs.
become
▪ Prejudice, in all its forms, would become a central theme of his work.
▪ Being wild, crazy and self-empowered became a theme of the group.
▪ That threat-suitably massaged-#became a defining theme of political life.
▪ It is that dialogue that became a central theme of my work and the subject of this book.
choose
▪ The story you choose should reflect the theme you want to write about.
▪ I choose a theme by paying attention to the kids.
▪ If you agree on the details and choose a theme you can then weave them into your planning at every stage.
▪ So how do the fair's organisers' choose a theme and what do the dealers think of it?
▪ Here are some ideas to help you mix and match: Choose a theme that is realistic.
▪ Students choose one of three themes: Computer Systems Engineering.
continue
▪ Serve a sampling of olives to continue the exotic theme.
▪ It was an attempt to continue the themes developed over twenty-five years earlier in Totem and Taboo.
▪ Before continuing with our main theme there are a few points that may need clarifying.
develop
▪ To adequately understand the beginnings of urban sociology we need to develop this theme a little further.
▪ The tutorial provides the opportunity to develop themes or discuss problems usually on the basis of written work.
▪ I want to develop this theme for a while because it is central within this place of Walsingham.
▪ In order to develop my theme I need to make three important assumptions.
▪ The children listen attentively, argue, develop themes.
▪ This painting develops the theme of the model or the object depicted as a subject within the artist's studio.
▪ Decide whether you want to show variety or whether you want to develop a theme.
▪ When in Four Quartets he was concerned to state or develop a theme, he frequently relapsed into flatness or banality.
explore
▪ I will explore this theme in the future.
▪ She may feel cautious about exploring certain themes in her pretend play such as coping with aggression.
▪ A small number of in-depth interviews will explore these themes.
▪ Part Two of this book explores themes in the study of micropolitics.
▪ When they return to school there should be an opportunity for students to share their experiences and explore a variety of themes.
▪ What the book does attempt to do is to provide a framework of problems and ideas, exploring major themes.
▪ In this talk I want to explore two main themes.
▪ We will explore these themes in more detail in Chapter 20.
recur
▪ But it recurred as a theme in official and press responses to the other riots.
▪ The recurring theme here is that community makes learning possible.
▪ However, you do need a clear eye to pick up recurring patterns and themes in the room.
▪ This is one of the great recurring themes of human history, the balance between cooperation and conflict.
▪ Cattle are a recurring theme in any account of the bitterness that caused men like Robert Mugabe to take up arms.
▪ These recur as themes throughout the book.
▪ For example, one recurring theme is the extent to which our relationship to time is changing.
▪ The sociology of social norms is a recurring theme.
return
▪ We shall return to the overload theme in the final chapter.
▪ Again and again in recent years evolutionary biologists have found themselves returning to the theme of parasites.
▪ And, to return to the culinary theme, it began with a Cook.
▪ The brothers returned to the defense theme with ever greater urgency through the last months of 1949 and into 1950.
▪ We shall return to this theme in a later chapter.
▪ But he returns often to several themes, foremost the idea that knowledge -- bookish knowledge -- is a form of power.
▪ The last group of paintings, as yet incomplete, returns to the urban theme.
▪ But we shall return to this theme later.
warm
▪ Shaking a little at first but gradually warming to his theme, the sacked Chancellor dealt John Major a devastating blow.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a two-page theme on pollution
▪ George Eliot shows real concern for religious and moral themes.
▪ I really like the theme song to the "Mary Tyler Moore Show."
▪ One of the themes of the book is the relationship between people and nature.
▪ The conference's theme is education and training.
▪ The master bedroom is decorated in a Victorian theme.
▪ The play's central theme is greed and its corrupting effects.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ And not only do the themes recur, but they overlap.
▪ But before I take up that theme let me try to get closer to the ground.
▪ She asks the host to describe the theme of the meeting and the desired length of the speech.
▪ Tartan patterns and plaids are applications of this theme.
▪ The first is the ability to communicate: to find a theme, to focus on an agenda.
▪ The supple interplay of major themes will furnish it with the exhilarating sense of a mind meticulous but free.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Theme

Theme \Theme\, n. [OE. teme, OF. teme, F. th[`e]me, L. thema, Gr. ?, fr. ? to set, place. See Do, and cf. Thesis.]

  1. A subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks; a proposition for discussion or argument; a text.

    My theme is alway one and ever was.
    --Chaucer.

    And when a soldier was the theme, my name Was not far off.
    --Shak.

  2. Discourse on a certain subject.

    Then ran repentance and rehearsed his theme.
    --Piers Plowman.

    It was the subject of my theme.
    --Shak.

  3. A composition or essay required of a pupil.
    --Locke.

  4. (Gram.) A noun or verb, not modified by inflections; also, that part of a noun or verb which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) in declension or conjugation; stem.

  5. That by means of which a thing is done; means; instrument. [Obs.]
    --Swift.

  6. (Mus.) The leading subject of a composition or a movement.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
theme

early 14c., "subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks," from Old French tesme (13c., with silent -s- "indicating vowel length" [OED], Modern French thème) and directly from Latin thema "a subject, thesis," from Greek thema "a proposition, subject, deposit," literally "something set down," from root of tithenai "put down, place," from PIE *dhe-mn, from root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Meaning "school essay" is from 1540s. Extension to music first recorded 1670s; theme song first attested 1929. Theme park is from 1960.

Wiktionary
theme

n. 1 A subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic. 2 A recurring idea; a motif. 3 (context music English) The main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations. 4 (context film television English) A song, or a snippet of a song, that identifies a film, a TV program, a character, etc. by playing at the appropriate time. 5 (context computing figuratively English) The collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc., that "skin" an environment towards a particular motif. 6 (context grammar English) The stem of a word 7 (context linguistics English) thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb 8 (context linguistics English) theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory. 9 (context linguistics English) topic, what is generally being talked about, as opposed to rheme 10 A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire. vb. (context computing transitive English) To apply a theme to; to change the visual appearance and/or layout of (software).

WordNet
theme

v. provide with a particular theme or motive; "the restaurant often themes its menus"

theme
  1. n. the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love" [syn: subject, topic]

  2. a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme" [syn: motif]

  3. (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it" [syn: melodic theme, musical theme, idea]

  4. an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got an A on his composition" [syn: composition, paper, report]

  5. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem" [syn: root, root word, base, stem, radical]

Wikipedia
Theme

Theme or themes may refer to:

  • Theme (arts), the unifying subject or idea of the type of visual work
  • Theme (Byzantine district), an administrative girth district in the Byzantine Empire governed by a Strategos
  • Theme (computing), a custom graphical appearance for certain software.
  • Theme (linguistics), topic
  • Theme (magazine)
  • Theme Building, a landmark building in the Los Angeles International Airport
  • Theme music, a piece often written specifically for a radio program, television program, video game or film, and usually played during the intro, opening credits or ending credits
  • Theme vowel or thematic vowel, a vowel placed before the word ending in certain Proto-Indo-European words
  • The Theme, a 1979 Soviet film
  • Theme, a musical idea, usually a recognizable melody, upon which part or all of a composition is based; see Subject (music)
Theme (computing)

In computing, a theme is a preset package containing graphical appearance details. A theme usually comprises a set of shapes and colors for the graphical control elements, the window decoration and the window. Themes are used to customize the look and feel of a piece of computer software or of an operating system.

Theme (album)

Theme is a 1988 album by Leslie West. It featured Jack Bruce and Joe Franco.

Theme (Byzantine district)

The themes or themata (; singular θέμα, thema) were the main administrative divisions of the middle Byzantine Empire. They were established in the mid-7th century in the aftermath of the Slavic invasion of the Balkans and Muslim conquests of parts of Byzantine territory, and replaced the earlier provincial system established by Diocletian and Constantine the Great. In their origin, the first themes were created from the areas of encampment of the field armies of the East Roman army, and their names corresponded to the military units that had existed in those areas. The theme system reached its apogee in the 9th and 10th centuries, as older themes were split up and the conquest of territory resulted in the creation of new ones. The original theme system underwent significant changes in the 11th and 12th centuries, but the term remained in use as a provincial and financial circumscription, until the very end of the Empire.

Theme (narrative)

In contemporary literary studies, a theme is the central topic a text treats. Themes can be divided into two categories: a work's thematic concept is what readers "think the work is about" and its thematic statement being "what the work says about the subject".

The most common contemporary understanding of theme is an idea or point that is central to a story, which can often be summed in a single word (e.g. love, death, betrayal). Typical examples of themes of this type are conflict between the individual and society; coming of age; humans in conflict with technology; nostalgia; and the dangers of unchecked ambition. A theme may be exemplified by the actions, utterances, or thoughts of a character in a novel. An example of this would be the theme loneliness in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, wherein many of the characters seem to be lonely. It may differ from the thesis—the text's or author's implied worldview.

A story may have several themes. Themes often explore historically common or cross-culturally recognizable ideas, such as ethical questions, and are usually implied rather than stated explicitly. An example of this would be whether one should live a seemingly better life, at the price of giving up parts of one's humanity, which is a theme in Aldous Huxley’sBrave New World. Along with plot, character, setting, and style, theme is considered one of the components of fiction.

Theme (arts)

In the arts, a theme is a broad idea or a message conveyed by a work, such as a performance, a painting, a motion picture, or a video game. This message is usually about life, society or human nature. Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a work. Themes are usually implied rather than explicitly stated. Deep thematic content is not required in a work, but the great majority of works have some kind of thematic content, not always intended by the author. Analysis of changes (or implied change) in dynamic characteristics of the work can provide insight into a particular theme.

A theme is not the same as the subject of a work. For example, the subject of Star Wars is "the battle for control of the galaxy between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance". The themes explored in the films might be "moral ambiguity" or "the conflict between technology and nature".

Themes differ from motifs in the visual arts in that themes are ideas conveyed by the visual experience as a whole, while motifs are elements of the content. In the same way, a literary story with repeated symbolism related to chess does not make the story's theme the similarity of life to chess. Themes arise from the interplay of the plot, the characters, and the attitude the author takes to them, and the same story can be given very different themes in the hands of different authors.

Theme (magazine)

Theme is a quarterly lifestyle magazine that focuses on contemporary creative culture. In collaboration with a guest curator, the publishers collect stories based on a theme, which allows them to provide a coherent lens onto a topic. Initially covering contemporary Asian culture around the world, they opened their content to expanded topics in 2009. Started by the husband and wife team, Jiae Kim and John H. Lee, in Spring 2005, it was initially published four times a year. In 2008, Theme magazine started publishing bimonthly. In 2009 they returned to a quarterly schedule. The editor-in-chief of the magazine is John H. Lee who also publishes it with Jiae Kim.

In 2006 Theme won many design awards, including the Society of Publication Designers annual competition, and Print's Regional Design Competition. It has been featured in Adobe's advertising for its CS2 line of products.

Theme publishers operate a creative agency, called EMEHT. The agency provides creative services to clients like Dickies, Scion, Nike and fashion brands like Tess Giberson, Doo.Ri, Diane von Fürstenberg, Inhabit, and (capsule) tradeshow. EMEHT also created the logo and branding for Brooklyn Machine Works, a cult brand in the bicycling world.

Usage examples of "theme".

CHAPTER 104 The Fossil Whale From his mighty bulk the whale affords a most congenial theme whereon to enlarge, amplify, and generally expatiate.

And he developed his skills as a soapbox orator, specializing in anticlerical themes.

One way that this archetypal association manifests itself in dreams is that there is a tendency for the quality of light in dreams to be metaphoric of the quality of waking consciousness that has already been brought to the main theme of the dream.

Christian mythos embodies ancient, archetypal themes found around the world from the earliest periods.

Summoning the same willing suspension of disbelief that makes books and movies work, the five lands of Disneyland were architecturally and ornamentally themed to evoke different American dreams.

Our little theme song-9t Bannerman was in good THE DouBLE ImAGE 255 humor again.

Greeley made this case the chief theme of his letter, and insisted that the policy which excluded the chosen representative from a State, whoever he might be, was incompatible with peace and good will throughout the Union.

Such was the demand for his Vitebsk theme, and the ruthlessness with which Chagall exploited it, that critics accused him of merchandizing his own exotica as art.

She talked about him at great length, and Mandrake wondered if he only imagined there was a sort of defiance in her insistence on this awkward theme.

In medieval Europe certain themes began to develop around the millenarian experience.

Another early millenarian theme concerns the relationship between a spiritually elevated sense of mission and a harrowing earthbound reality.

He can play tricks on the reader, hiding important information, misleading and misdirecting, then bringing back forgotten themes and characters at the moment of greatest effect.

While not everyone--yet--shared the generals opinion that the war was an unmitigated disaster, the failure of this gathering to include representatives of the fourteen Molt themes made it less colorful in a way that no amount of feathers and cloth-of-gold could repair.

These would be staging points for the Molt refugees, the females and the prepubescent males driven from what should have been the inviolable core of the theme holdings.

The antechamber seemed a particularly suitable location for the signing since it--reminds the representatives of other themes that our troops are here without Molt sufferance.