- ( UK ) IPA: /dɪsˈkʌs/, /dɪsˈkʊs/
- ( US ) IPA: /dɪsˈkʌs/
- Rhymes: -ʌs
- ( obsolete, transitive ) To drive away, disperse, shake off.
- ( transitive ) To converse or debate concerning a particular topic .
- ( transitive, obsolete ) To communicate, tell, or disclose ( information, a message, etc. ).
From Middle French and Anglo-Norman discusser ( French: discuter ), from Latin discussus, past participle of discutere ( “to strike or shake apart, break up, scatter, also, in derivatives and in Medieval Latin, examine, discuss” ), from dis- ( “apart” ) + quatere ( “to shake” ) .
Explanation of discuss by Wordnet Dictionary
- Discuss v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discussed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Discussing.] [L. discussus, p. p. of discutere to strike asunder ( hence came the sense to separate mentally, distinguish ); dis- + quatere to shake, strike. See Quash.]
1. To break to pieces; to shatter. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
2. To break up; to disperse; to scatter; to dissipate; to drive away; -- said especially of tumors. [archaic] This usage is preserved only in the word discussive.
Many arts were used to discuss the beginnings of new affection. Sir H. Wotton.
A pomade . . . of virtue to discuss pimples. Rambler.
3. To shake; to put away; to finish. [Obs.]
All regard of shame she had discussed. Spenser.
4. To examine in detail or by disputation; to reason upon by presenting favorable and adverse considerations; to debate; to sift; to investigate; to ventilate. “We sat and . . . discussed the farm . . . and the price of grain.” Tennyson. “To discuss questions of taste.” Macaulay.
5. To deal with, in eating or drinking. [Colloq.]
We sat quietly down and discussed a cold fowl that we had brought with us. Sir S. Baker.
6. ( Law ) To examine or search thoroughly; to exhaust a remedy against, as against a principal debtor before proceeding against the surety. Burrill.
Syn. -- To Discuss, Examine, Debate. We speak of examining a subject when we ponder it with care, in order to discover its real state, or the truth respecting it. We speak of discussing a topic when we examine it thoroughly in its distinct parts. The word is very commonly applied to matters of opinion. We may discuss a subject without giving in an adhesion to any conclusion. We speak of debating a point when we examine it in mutual argumentation between opposing parties. In debate we contend for or against some conclusion or view.
Definition of discuss by GCIDE Dictionary