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

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 Many, like Detroit's, review complaints against officers and discuss new equipment, such as the facial recognition software that is controversial in Detroit. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Ferndale City Council seeks civilian board to oversee police in 'antiracism' plan," 13 July 2020 Listen to Tuesday’s episode as Dan, Mary Kay and Scott discuss that topic. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Why Greedy Williams is under the most pressure of the Browns’ second-year players -- This Week in the Cleveland Browns," 12 July 2020 Battle said the Big 10 mayors – who meet routinely to discuss various issues and concerns – spoke via conference call earlier this week and agreed to approach Ivey’s office with the statewide mask proposal. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Alabama mayors, hospital officials call for statewide mask requirement," 10 July 2020 What employees gain from casual workplace interactions is harder to attain when not in an office, so organizations need to establish new ways for employees to connect and discuss the important topics that come up every day. Ulysses Smith, Quartz at Work, "Successful leaders of the future will share three main traits," 9 July 2020 The Web meetings are akin to neighborhood barbershops where the men gather in a relaxed, no-judgment space and can discuss their feelings and frustrations. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Former D.C. inmates use virtual meetings for support, encouragement as they adjust to life outside prison," 9 July 2020 On Wednesday, communities on the South and West sides came together to mourn the children lost and discuss how to address the surge in gun violence. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "'Tired of burying our children': 4 toddlers shot in Chicago amid surge in gun violence," 2 July 2020 Others help each other verify local news, find the closest testing centers, or discuss issues that affect everyone living in the immediate vicinity. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Tricia Wang thinks the future will be hyperlocal," 30 June 2020 Those scoring high on this dimension constantly ruminate and talk about their interpersonal offenses and their causes and consequences rather than think about or discuss possible solutions. Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American, "Unraveling the Mindset of Victimhood," 29 June 2020

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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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2 Aug 2020

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“Discuss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discuss. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce discuss (audio)

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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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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