dis·​cuss di-ˈskəs How to pronounce discuss (audio)
discussed; discussing; discusses

transitive verb

: to talk about
discussing the news of the day
: to investigate by reasoning or argument
discuss the matter with your family
: to present in detail for examination or consideration
as discussed in the text
obsolete : declare
discuss the same in French unto himShakespeare
obsolete : dispel
discussable adjective
or discussible
discusser noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web This was the first time since Oct. 7 that U.S., Israeli and Palestinian officials met together to discuss the day after the war ends in Gaza — a highly sensitive domestic political issue in both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Barak Ravid, Axios, 17 July 2024 But the assassination attempt was widely discussed on Chinese social media, where even high-profile academics propagated conspiracy theories of the gunman’s motives. Stephanie Yang, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2024 Books discussing gender, sexuality, and race were frequent targets. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 17 July 2024 Less than an hour later, Biden called Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School, to discuss the ruling and the arguments for and against reforming the court. Tyler Pager and Michael Scherer The Washington Post, arkansasonline.com, 17 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for discuss 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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

Dictionary Entries Near discuss

Cite this Entry

“Discuss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discuss. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​cuss dis-ˈkəs How to pronounce discuss (audio)
: to consider carefully and openly by reasoning or argument
discuss a proposal
: to talk about
discuss the weather

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