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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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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While unusual, the court could also fashion its own comprehensive solution that may impose obligations on the city that have never previously been discussed. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018 White House officials and a CIA spokesman declined to comment, citing their internal policies of not discussing personnel matters. Carol D. Leonnig, Anchorage Daily News, "Limits still remain on security clearance for Trump son-in-law Kushner," 13 July 2018 Parents have met with the city of La Cañada Flintridge and sports clubs like L.A. Premier to discuss field use options, O’Brien said, but actual negotiations would require endorsement by La Cañada High School and the district. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "La Cañada Unified officials honor robotics team’s enterprise, prep for new school year," 12 July 2018 Trump has spent the weekend discussing his options with allies and will announce his pick at 9 p.m. EDT Monday from the White House. Washington Post, "Trump still pondering Supreme Court pick as big reveal nears," 8 July 2018 An early announcement was expected because Tavares had used the talking period to discuss his options with Maple Leafs, Sharks, Bruins, Stars, Lightning and Islanders. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL free agency 2018: Breaking down the deals and rumors on July 1," 1 July 2018 Neither Coats nor Domme specifically remembered Watkins discussing his fiancee’s work for Planned Parenthood during the two-hour meeting in Topeka. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "‘His social views were liberal.’ Candidate met with Dems before launching GOP run," 13 July 2018 The camp also marks the virtual end of the U.S. military’s 70-year presence in the South Korean capital—something that Washington and Seoul have been discussing since 1987. Time, "Inside Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base," 13 July 2018 As for what the Trump and the Queen discussed over tea? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Tea With Queen Elizabeth II and a Giant Baby Trump—a President's London Itinerary," 13 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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