dis·​cuss | \ di-ˈskəs How to pronounce discuss (audio) \
discussed; discussing; discusses

Definition of discuss

transitive verb

1a : to talk about discussing the news of the day
b : to investigate by reasoning or argument discuss the matter with your family
c : to present in detail for examination or consideration as discussed in the text
2 obsolete : declare discuss the same in French unto him— Shakespeare
3 obsolete : dispel

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Other Words from discuss

discussable or discussible \ di-​ˈskə-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce discussible (audio) \ adjective
discusser noun

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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, argue, and debate mean to talk about something in order to reach a decision or to convince someone of a point of view. discuss is used when there is an exchange of ideas. We will discuss plans for the school picnic. argue is used when evidence or reasons for or against something are given. She argued for the need for more hospitals. debate is used when there is an argument between opposing persons or groups according to rules and often before an audience. The candidates will debate on TV.

Examples of discuss in a Sentence

She discussed the plan with several colleagues. They held a meeting to discuss the future of the company. We'll discuss where to meet later. Have you discussed the matter with your family? In the first chapter, the author discusses childcare issues. The article discusses the theory in depth.
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Hinch did not see the video until mid-morning on Tuesday and discussed it with Altuve upon his arrival to Great American Ballpark. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' José Altuve set to return to lineup Wednesday," 19 June 2019 People can’t even talk about this most basic of human actions, let alone discuss it in a way that brings positive change to their communities. National Geographic, "They perform an essential health service—in secret," 17 June 2019 Sigourney Weaver’s return to Ripley in the Alien franchise has been discussed for years and seems inevitable at this point. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Men in Black' and the Battle Between Nostalgia and Fatigue," 15 June 2019 Liz Carmouche was discussed, according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "UFC adds main event, local fighter to San Antonio card," 15 June 2019 They will be discussed at coming talks in Bonn, Germany, starting next week. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "United Nations Agency Criticizes Carbon Offsets," 14 June 2019 That land also has been discussed as a home for a hotel and convention center. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora looks at $10 million purchase of land near outlet mall," 14 June 2019 Unfortunately, Venera-D has not yet been selected, and many scientists have expressed some concern over the fact that it has long been discussed and yet still does not have the appropriate funding. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin, Beckons Space Agencies," 12 June 2019 Commissioner Michael Danforth also questioned the cancellation procedure, and why it wasn’t discussed by the full board. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "'This has nothing we want, nor should celebrate, nor re-enact': Lake County Forest Preserves chair calls for end to Civil War Days," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of discuss

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for discuss

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

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English Language Learners Definition of discuss

: to talk about (something) with another person or group
: to give information, ideas, opinions, etc., about (something) in writing or speech


dis·​cuss | \ di-ˈskəs How to pronounce discuss (audio) \
discussed; discussing

Kids Definition of discuss

1 : to talk about
2 : to argue or consider fully and openly The article discusses ways to save energy.

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