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discuss

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verb dis·cuss \di-ˈskəs\

Simple Definition of discuss

  • : to talk about (something) with another person or group

  • : to give information, ideas, opinions, etc., about (something) in writing or speech

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of discuss

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  dispel

  3. 2 a :  to investigate by reasoning or argument b :  to present in detail for examination or consideration <discussed plans for the party> c :  to talk about

  4. 3 obsolete :  declare

discussable

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discussible

play \-ˈskə-sə-bəl\ adjective

discusser

noun

Examples of discuss in a sentence

  1. She discussed the plan with several colleagues.

  2. They held a meeting to discuss the future of the company.

  3. We'll discuss where to meet later.

  4. Have you discussed the matter with your family?

  5. In the first chapter, the author discusses childcare issues.

  6. The article discusses the theory in depth.



Origin and Etymology of discuss

Middle English, from Anglo-French discusser, Latin discussus, past participle of discutere to disperse, from dis- apart + quatere to shake — more at dis-, quash


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of discuss

discuss, argue, debate mean to discourse about in order to reach conclusions or to convince. discuss implies a sifting of possibilities especially by presenting considerations pro and con <discussed the need for a new highway>. argue implies the offering of reasons or evidence in support of convictions already held <argued that the project would be too costly>. debate suggests formal or public argument between opposing parties <debated the merits of the amendment>; it may also apply to deliberation with oneself <I'm debating whether I should go>.

DISCUSS Defined for Kids

discuss

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verb dis·cuss \di-ˈskəs\

Definition of discuss for Students

discussed

discussing

  1. 1 :  to talk about

  2. 2 :  to argue or consider fully and openly <The article discusses ways to save energy.>





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