verb (used with object)

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.
Civil Law.
  1. to collect a debt from (the person primarily liable) before proceeding against the person secondarily liable.
  2. to execute against the movable property of (a debtor) before proceeding against the debtor's immovable property, as land.
Rare. to consume (food or drink) enthusiastically.
Obsolete. to make known; reveal.

Origin of discuss

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French discusser) < Latin discussus struck asunder, shaken, scattered, past participle of discutere, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + -cutere (combining form of quatere to shake, strike)
Related formsdis·cuss·er, noundis·cuss·a·ble, dis·cuss·i·ble, adjectivenon·dis·cus·si·ble, adjectiveo·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, adjectiveun·dis·cussed, adjectiveun·dis·cuss·i·ble, adjectivewell-dis·cussed, adjective
Can be confuseddiscus discussdiscussed disgust

Synonyms for discuss

Synonym study

1. See argue.
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Contemporary Examples of discussing

Historical Examples of discussing

  • His tone was as level as if he were discussing some trivial matter.

  • They had been discussing the moral influence of racing; this seemed more like theology.


    W. A. Fraser

  • What use would there be in discussing the matter with this child?

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • He was standing in front of the building, discussing some matter with the contractor.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Surprisingly enough these two likewise are discussing Sam Graham.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for discussing


verb (tr)

to have a conversation about; consider by talking over; debate
to treat (a subject) in speech or writingthe first three volumes discuss basic principles
facetious, rare to eat or drink with enthusiasm
Derived Formsdiscussant or discusser, noundiscussible or discussable, adjective

Word Origin for discuss

C14: from Late Latin discussus examined, from discutere to investigate, from Latin: to dash to pieces, from dis- 1 + quatere to shake, strike
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Word Origin and History for discussing



mid-14c., "to examine, investigate," from Latin discuss-, past participle stem of discutere "to dash to pieces, agitate," in Late Latin and Vulgar Latin also "to discuss, investigate" (see discussion). Meaning "examine by argument, debate" is from mid-15c. Related: Discussed; discussing.

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