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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Here, Santoma discusses the thinking behind his work. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Rimowa Kicks Off Milan Design Week with a Stunning Aluminum Car Sculpture," 9 Apr. 2019 In her cover story with the magazine, Gigi teared up while discussing how she's dealt with fame. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Casually Slayed a Cape on the Streets of New York City," 5 Apr. 2019 Martinez said on The Trevor Noah Show in 2017 while discussing his approach to activism. Tabor Wordelman, Teen Vogue, "How to Fight the Global Plastics Problem," 18 Dec. 2018 Earlier this year, John McCain's daughter Meghan McCain criticized McSally for not mentioning her father's name while discussing a bill in his honor. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Cindy McCain Pays Tribute to Her Late Husband at an Election Rally in Arizona," 6 Nov. 2018 The Senate Democrats released a budget proposal for fiscal 2020 that included support for a three-year extension, pending a Senate hearing to discuss and recommend possible reforms to enhance transparency and parental input. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Cuomo, State Lawmakers Back 3-Year Extension of Mayor’s Control of Schools," 12 Mar. 2019 Newsweek points out that in an interview with UK Music Review, The Osmonds member sat down to discuss his latest album, The Soundtrack of My Life, which is filled with covers of popular songs. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This 'Masked Singer' Clue From a 2017 Interview Just Proved Donny Osmond is the Peacock," 27 Feb. 2019 Choose a goal as a family, and discuss a plan for how to achieve it. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Positive Discipline? Experts Say This Method Is Effective at Getting Kids to Behave," 8 Mar. 2019 With the proliferation of professional services and extension salons offering semipermanent solutions to a full-on flutter, the go-to desert-island essential—with its lengthening, thickening, inky finish—is being discussed in analog terms. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "8 New Cutting-Edge Mascaras That Will Transform Your Lashes," 1 Mar. 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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