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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His retirement did not come as a surprise, because officials have been discussing it for several months, said Jerry Cirino, the president of Lake County’s Board of Commissioners. Evan Macdonald, cleveland.com, "Longtime Lake County Sheriff Daniel Dunlap announces retirement," 14 Aug. 2019 Goodwin tries not to listen to what his baserunners and the first basemen are discussing. Nick Kelly, BostonGlobe.com, "First base is the spot for some infield chatter," 13 Aug. 2019 Referee Reyna Fonseca went to discuss the penalty with one of her assistant referees. Luis Torres, Pro Soccer USA, "Marta, Julie King sent off as the Orlando Pride lose to Houston Dash," 11 Aug. 2019 Cleanups have been held monthly since May. Costa Mesa to discuss small cell facilities The Costa Mesa City Council will hold an open house about small cell facilities Tuesday. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: George Thorogood, Live and Bush among headliners of upcoming Pacific Amphitheatre concerts," 8 Aug. 2019 On a Monday morning three weeks ago, many of the world’s leading cosmologists gathered in Santa Barbara, California, to discuss a major predicament. Quanta Magazine, "Cosmologists Debate How Fast the Universe Is Expanding," 8 Aug. 2019 Though her candidacy was initially treated as a joke—not least because of her Long Island lock-jaw accent (despite being from Texas)—commentators have started to discuss Williamson with a bemused respect. Ed Simon, The New Republic, "Marianne Williamson’s Spiritualism Has Deep, Liberal Roots," 7 Aug. 2019 If your child’s fears or worries fit the criteria of an anxiety disorder mentioned above, discuss it with his pediatrician or a mental health provider. Tamekia Reece, Good Housekeeping, "How to Spot and Treat Anxiety in Kids, According to Child Psychologists," 7 Aug. 2019 Agricultural Promotion and Tiered Winery Ordinance workshop, 6 to 8 p.m., Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. County Planning & Development Services staff to discuss defining and setting the criteria to allow for agricultural tourism community events. Ramona Sentinel, "Ramona Calendar of Events: Aug. 8-14," 7 Aug. 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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a period when something is suspended

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