[ dih-skuhs ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to consider or examine by argument, comment, etc.; talk over or write about, especially to explore solutions; debate: to discuss the proposed law on taxes.

  2. Civil Law.

    • to collect a debt from (the person primarily liable) before proceeding against the person secondarily liable.

    • to execute against the movable property of (a debtor) before proceeding against the debtor's immovable property, as land.

  1. Rare. to consume (food or drink) enthusiastically.

  2. Obsolete. to make known; reveal.

Origin of discuss

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, either from Anglo-French discusser or directly from Latin discussus “struck asunder, shaken, scattered,” past participle of discutere, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + -cutere (combining form of quatere “to shake, strike”)

Other words for discuss

Other words from discuss

  • dis·cuss·er, noun
  • dis·cuss·a·ble, dis·cuss·i·ble, adjective
  • non·dis·cus·si·ble, adjective
  • o·ver·dis·cuss, verb (used with object)
  • pre·dis·cuss, verb (used with object)
  • re·dis·cuss, verb (used with object)
  • un·dis·cuss·a·ble, adjective
  • un·dis·cuss·i·ble, adjective

Words that may be confused with discuss

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How to use discuss in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for discuss


/ (dɪˈskʌs) /

  1. to have a conversation about; consider by talking over; debate

  2. to treat (a subject) in speech or writing: the first three volumes discuss basic principles

  1. facetious, rare to eat or drink with enthusiasm

Origin of discuss

C14: from Late Latin discussus examined, from discutere to investigate, from Latin: to dash to pieces, from dis- 1 + quatere to shake, strike

Derived forms of discuss

  • discussant or discusser, noun
  • discussible or discussable, adjective

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