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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Recent Examples on the Web European Union countries are meeting later this month in Malta to discuss the migration proposals. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 15 Sep. 2019 Tax hearing The Katy City Council will meet in a special session at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, to discuss the tax rate for the 2019-20 budget. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "THIS WEEK: Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy Meyers to update chamber members on Precinct 3," 15 Sep. 2019 Pardun said city officials would be meeting with officials of River Grove on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of the charter school leasing space at Marine Elementary. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "A shuttered school gets new life in Marine on St. Croix," 15 Sep. 2019 Officials met with players' parents to discuss Persky's hiring. Alex Sundby, CBS News, "Judge in Stanford sexual assault case fired from job coaching girls high school tennis," 12 Sep. 2019 The company met with officials to discuss a resolution in the spring, but then asked to postpone a May meeting and never held a follow-up conference. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore officials impose rare $40,000 penalty for contractor that failed to meet goal for working with black-owned partners," 12 Sep. 2019 The trustees’ new budget committee is expected to meet at 9 a.m. Thursday to discuss the raises, Milloy said. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "CCSF students protest hefty pay raises for executives amid budget cuts," 12 Sep. 2019 Yesterday, Kate met with Richard Curtis at Kensington Palace to discuss a special project centered around mental health. Sarah Madaus, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Met With the Director of Love Actually to Discuss a New Mental Health Initiative," 12 Sep. 2019 Within a week of learning of the videos, Harvester Place officials began meeting with family members of residents to discuss the situation and answer their questions. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Harvester Place fires three employees in response to videos of residents with dementia posted on Snapchat," 11 Sep. 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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The first known use of discuss was in the 15th century

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26 Oct 2019

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“Discuss.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discusses. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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