dis·​cuss | \di-ˈskəs \

Definition of discuss 

transitive verb

1 obsolete : dispel

2a : to investigate by reasoning or argument discuss the matter with your family

b : to present in detail for examination or consideration as discussed in the text

c : to talk about discussing the news of the day

3 obsolete : declare discuss the same in French unto him— Shakespeare

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Other Words from discuss

discussable or discussible \ -​ˈskə-​sə-​bəl \ 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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On Saturday, top state election officials are meeting in Philadelphia to discuss cybersecurity concerns as a part of their annual meeting. CBS News, "Trump responds to Russian hacking indictment by blaming Obama administration," 14 July 2018 The House budget committee will meet Tuesday morning to discuss Parson’s budget vetoes and whether any should be overturned when lawmakers reconvene in September for a veto session. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Hospitals fear Parson budget cut could endanger stroke, heart attack, trauma patients," 13 July 2018 Representatives from both sides met Wednesday night to further discuss the deal. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Hartford Athletic, New England Revolution Moving Towards Direct Affiliation," 13 July 2018 According to Axios, the president met with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg earlier this year to discuss using 747s as Air Force One. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "President Trump wants to update Air Force One's design. Here's what it could look like," 12 July 2018 A week after the allegations, Facebook met with top conservative leaders to discuss how the platform disseminates information. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Facebook’s first wave of ‘trustworthy’ news shows sure includes a lot of Fox News," 11 July 2018 Rescuers from the Mesa Fire and Medical Department, along with Mesa police, emergency dispatchers and bystanders, met with reporters Wednesday morning to discuss the collaboration behind saving the woman's life. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "'The system worked': What led to rescue of woman from Mesa canal," 11 July 2018 In early May a Dayton mine manager and a local druggist (the latter also part-time chairman of the schoolbook committee) met with John Scopes, a young high school science teacher, to discuss resistance. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems face big loss, big opportunity with Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 The board of directors is to meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Center to discuss a possible youth curfew to curb the widespread thefts and vandalism. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester Dem Chief Says GOP Official's Facebook Comment Racist; Calls For His Resignation," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of discuss

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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 \
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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obstinately defiant of authority

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