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discuss

[dih-skuhs] /dɪˈskʌs/
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.
  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.
3.
Rare. to consume (food or drink) enthusiastically.
4.
Obsolete. to make known; reveal.
Origin of discuss
1300-1350
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 forms
discusser, noun
discussable, discussible, adjective
nondiscussible, adjective
overdiscuss, verb (used with object)
prediscuss, verb (used with object)
rediscuss, verb (used with object)
undiscussable, adjective
undiscussed, adjective
undiscussible, adjective
well-discussed, adjective
Can be confused
discus, discuss.
discussed, disgust.
Synonyms
1. reason, deliberate. See argue.
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  • Adrienne discusses learnedly the merits of the Divisions who have been billeted in the village.

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
  • It is older than Aristotle, who discusses it in his treatise on Politics.

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  • In 1708 he published a fourth volume of the Review, in which he discusses the Union at great length.

    The Life of Daniel De Foe George Chalmers
  • Also it discusses local affairs with fluency and more or less point.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • In her introduction she sketches the life of Queen Margaret and discusses the identity of the supposed narrators of the tales.

British Dictionary definitions for discusses

discuss

/dɪˈskʌs/
verb (transitive)
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
3.
(facetious, rare) to eat or drink with enthusiasm
Derived Forms
discussant, discusser, noun
discussible, discussable, adjective
Word Origin
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 discusses

discuss

v.

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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