Definitions for: Discuss


[v] speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion; "We discussed our household budget"
[v] to consider or examine in speech or writing; "The article covered all the different aspects of this question"; "The class discussed Dante's 'Inferno'"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*cuss", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discussed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Discussing.] [L. discussus, p. p. of discutere to
strike asunder (hence came the sense to separate mentally,
distinguish); dis- + quatere to shake, strike. See Quash.]
1. To break to pieces; to shatter. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne.

2. To break up; to disperse; to scatter; to dissipate; to
drive away; -- said especially of tumors.

Many arts were used to discuss the beginnings of new
affection. --Sir H.
Wotton.

A pomade . . . of virtue to discuss pimples.
--Rambler.

3. To shake; to put away; to finish. [Obs.]

All regard of shame she had discussed. --Spenser.

4. To examine in detail or by disputation; to reason upon by
presenting favorable and adverse considerations; to
debate; to sift; to investigate; to ventilate. ``We sat
and . . . discussed the farm . . . and the price of
grain.'' --Tennyson. ``To discuss questions of taste.''
--Macaulay.

5. To deal with, in eating or drinking. [Colloq.]

We sat quietly down and discussed a cold fowl that
we had brought with us. --Sir S.
Baker.

6. (Law) To examine or search thoroughly; to exhaust a remedy
against, as against a principal debtor before proceeding
against the surety. --Burrill.

Syn: To Discuss, Examine, Debate. We speak of examining
a subject when we ponder it with care, in order to
discover its real state, or the truth respecting it. We
speak of discussing a topic when we examine it
thoroughly in its distinct parts. The word is very
commonly applied to matters of opinion. We may discuss a
subject without giving in an adhesion to any conclusion.
We speak of debating a point when we examine it in
mutual argumentation between opposing parties. In debate
we contend for or against some conclusion or view.

Synonyms: discourse, talk over

See Also: address, advise, bandy, bandy about, broach, chair, confab, confabulate, confer, consider, consult, counsel, cover, deal, debate, deliberate, descant, hammer out, handle, initiate, kick around, lead, moderate, moot, negociate, negotiate, plow, powwow, talk about, talk of, talk shop, talk terms, thrash out, treat, turn over

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