Definition of discuss in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈskəs/


[with object]
1Talk about (something) with another person or group of people: I discussed the matter with my wife [with clause]: they were discussing where to go for a drink
More example sentences
  • I have often heard them eagerly discussing such serials broadcast by Radio Luxemburg.
  • He also tries, and fails, to put a note of delight out of his voice when discussing recent triumphs.
  • After all its not everyday that one hears ordinary people discussing politics in public.
talk over, talk about, talk through, converse about, debate, confer about, deliberate about, chew over, consider, consider the pros and cons of, thrash out
informal kick around, hash out, bat around
1.1Talk or write about (a topic) in detail, taking into account different ideas and opinions: in Chapter Six I discuss problems that arise in applying Darwin’s ideas
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  • The issue will be discussed at a meeting of the county council executive tomorrow.
  • It will be discussed in detail at a later date and changed as is necessary and ratified.
  • For issues to be discussed in the form of poetry is not to romanticise them.
examine, explore, study, analyze, go into, deal with, treat, consider, concern itself with, tackle



Example sentences
  • No one will listen to his ideas as reasonable, discussable issues.
  • When you offend someone, you haven't crossed some arbitrary, discussable limit; you've crossed a real, substantive boundary.
  • I have given a few samples of Heidegger word-torrents, but for the most part I have extracted the more or less discussable conclusions.


Example sentences
  • If the discussers want to change this, you should lead them to adopt an alternative, joint plan.
  • The reviewers drive the project - they are the primary developers, the discussers, and the decision makers.
  • Each person is responsible for presenting two papers; one as the technical discusser and one as the context discusser.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'dispel, disperse', also 'examine by argument'): from Latin discuss- 'dashed to pieces', later 'investigated', from the verb discutere, from dis- 'apart' + quatere 'shake'.

  • The basic sense of discuss is ‘shaking and separating’. Latin quatere ‘shake’ is the base verb, combined with dis- ‘apart’ to form discutere meaning ‘dash to pieces’ and later ‘investigate’.

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Syllabification: dis·cuss

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