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dissert

[ dih-surt ]
/ dɪˈsɜrt /
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verb (used without object)

to discourse on a subject.

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Origin of dissert

1615–25; <Latin dissertāre to set forth at length (frequentative of disserere to arrange in order), equivalent to dis-dis-1 + ser- put together + frequentative -t- + -āre infinitive suffix
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