verb dis·cuss \ di-ˈskəs \
|Updated on: 6 Jul 2018

Definition of discuss

1 obsolete : dispel
2 a : 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


or discussible play \-ˈskə-sə-bəl\ adjective



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.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

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 English Language Learners


Definition of discuss for English Language Learners

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

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

DISCUSS Defined for Kids


verb dis·cuss \ di-ˈskəs \

Definition of discuss for Students

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

Synonym Discussion of discuss

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.

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