v. dis·cussed, dis·cuss·ing, dis·cuss·es
1. To speak with another or others about; talk over: discussed the matter briefly.
2. To examine or consider (a subject) in speech or writing: The book discusses the challenges that journalists face today.
1. To speak with another or others about something: As we discussed yesterday, the problem could have more than one solution.
2. To examine or consider a subject in speech or writing.
3. To come to an agreement as a result of a discussion: As we discussed, you will clean your room before going out.
[Middle 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 kwēt- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
dis·cussa·ble, dis·cussi·ble adj.
Synonyms: discuss, argue, debate, dispute
These verbs mean to talk with others in an effort to reach agreement, to ascertain truth, or to convince. Discuss involves close examination of a subject with interchange of opinions: My therapist discussed my concerns with my parents.
Argue emphasizes the presentation of facts and reasons in support of a position opposed by others: The lawyer argued the plaintiff's case.
Debate involves formal, often public argument: The candidates debated the campaign issues.
Dispute implies differences of opinion and usually sharp argument: The senators disputed over increases in the proposed budget.
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