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Meaning of discuss by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /dɪsˈkʌs/, /dɪsˈkʊs/
    • ( US ) IPA: /dɪsˈkʌs/
    • Rhymes: -ʌs


    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” ) .


    discuss ( third-person singular simple present discusses present participle discussing, simple past and past participle discussed )

    1. ( obsolete, transitive ) To drive away, disperse, shake off.
    2. ( transitive ) To converse or debate concerning a particular topic .
      Let's sit down and discuss this rationally .
      I don't wish to discuss this further. Let's talk about something else .
    3. ( transitive, obsolete ) To communicate, tell, or disclose ( information, a message, etc. ).


    Derived terms

    See also

    • argue

    External links

    • discuss in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • discuss in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • discuss at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of discuss by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. speak with others about ( something )

    2. We discussed our household budget
    3. to consider or examine in speech or writing

    4. The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'

    Definition of discuss by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.