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 discuss (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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Robin Goist discuss these stories and more in The Wake Up podcast. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 19 July 2021 The panel featuring Chris Ryall and Keith Arem and moderated by Robert Rice from Omniscape, will discuss special qualities that animals bring to the world of superheroes. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 July 2021 Sammi King, Marquette Park Project Coordinator for Dunes-Calumet Audubon, will discuss the history of Marquette Park and its important bird habitats at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Indiana Dunes National Park’s Douglas Center, 100 North Lake St., Gary. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 16 July 2021 Many participants discuss the crucial significance, for their own sense of identity, of seeing trans people’s lives acknowledged. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 16 July 2021 On Thursday, McCarthy visited Donald Trump at his New Jersey golf resort to discuss the midterm elections -- showing deference to the former President despite Trump's continued promotion of baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. Fredreka Schouten And David Wright, CNN, 16 July 2021 The two world leaders are expected to discuss a range of other issues, from climate change to the COVID pandemic to the withdrawal by the U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 Mayors discuss transportation, future of mobility in Utah County. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2021 Text messages between two people now charged in the death of a 3-year-old Brevard County boy in June discuss the child’s injuries and concern over a visit from the Department of Children and Families, according to an arrest affidavit in the case. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 14 July 2021

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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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The first known use of discuss was in the 15th century

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22 Jul 2021

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“Discuss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discuss. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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.

Choose the Right Synonym for 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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