An example of discuss is for a teenager to give reasons for a later curfew with his parents.
- Obs. to disperse; dispel
- to talk or write about; take up in conversation or in a discourse; consider and argue the pros and cons of
Origin of discussMiddle English discussen, to examine, scatter ; from Classical Latin discussus, past participle of discutere, to strike asunder, scatter ; from dis-, apart + quatere, to shake, beat: see quash
verbdis·cussed, dis·cuss·ing, dis·cuss·es
- To speak with another or others about; talk over: discussed the matter briefly.
- To examine or consider (a subject) in speech or writing: The book discusses the challenges that journalists face today.
- To speak with another or others about something: As we discussed yesterday, the problem could have more than one solution.
- To examine or consider a subject in speech or writing.
- To come to an agreement as a result of a discussion: As we discussed, you will clean your room before going out.
Origin of discussMiddle English discussen, to examine, from Anglo-Norman discusser, from Latin discussus, past participle of discutere, to break up : dis-, apart; see dis– + quatere, to shake; see kw&emacron;t- in Indo-European roots.
- dis·cuss′a·ble, dis·cuss′i·ble
(third-person singular simple present discusses, present participle discussing, simple past and past participle discussed)
- 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.
- circa 1599, William Shakespeare, Henry V, act 4, sc. 1:
- Pistol: Discuss unto me; art thou officer? Or art thou base, common and popular?