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discourse

[n. dis-kawrs, -kohrs, dis-kawrs, -kohrs; v. dis-kawrs, -kohrs] /n. ˈdɪs kɔrs, -koʊrs, dɪsˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrs; v. dɪsˈkɔrs, -ˈkoʊrs/
noun
1.
communication of thought by words; talk; conversation:
earnest and intelligent discourse.
2.
a formal discussion of a subject in speech or writing, as a dissertation, treatise, sermon, etc.
3.
Linguistics. any unit of connected speech or writing longer than a sentence.
verb (used without object), discoursed, discoursing.
4.
to communicate thoughts orally; talk; converse.
5.
to treat of a subject formally in speech or writing.
verb (used with object), discoursed, discoursing.
6.
to utter or give forth (musical sounds).
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English discours < Medieval Latin discursus (spelling by influence of Middle English cours course), Late Latin: conversation, Latin: a running to and fro, equivalent to discur(rere) to run about (dis- dis-1 + currere to run) + -sus for -tus suffix of v. action
Related forms
discourser, noun
prediscourse, noun
Synonyms
1. discussion, colloquy, dialogue, chat, parley.
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British Dictionary definitions for discoursing

discourse

noun (ˈdɪskɔːs; dɪsˈkɔːs)
1.
verbal communication; talk; conversation
2.
a formal treatment of a subject in speech or writing, such as a sermon or dissertation
3.
a unit of text used by linguists for the analysis of linguistic phenomena that range over more than one sentence
4.
(archaic) the ability to reason or the reasoning process
verb (dɪsˈkɔːs)
5.
(intransitive; often foll by on or upon) to speak or write (about) formally and extensively
6.
(intransitive) to hold a discussion
7.
(transitive) (archaic) to give forth (music)
Derived Forms
discourser, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin discursus argument, from Latin: a running to and fro, from discurrere to run different ways, from dis-1 + currere to run
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Word Origin and History for discoursing

discourse

n.

late 14c., "process of understanding, reasoning, thought," from French discours, from Latin discursus "a running about," in Late Latin "conversation," from past participle stem of discurrere "run about," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense of "formal speech or writing" is first recorded 1580s.

v.

1540s, from discourse (n.). Related: Discoursed; discoursing.

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