Definition of discuss in English:



  • 1Talk about (something) with a person or people.

    ‘I discussed the matter with my wife’
    with clause ‘they were discussing where to go for a drink’
    • ‘It's a sad state of affairs when you hear certain young kids on the bus discussing punk rock.’
    • ‘There is no point in discussing the plot, because I still haven't figured it out.’
    • ‘In the same way, I wouldn't want to sit in the middle of a group of men discussing cars, football and women.’
    • ‘Tomorrow when I meet up with my school reunion friends we will be discussing day trips for the coming year.’
    • ‘After all its not everyday that one hears ordinary people discussing politics in public.’
    • ‘Back in Britain another bunch of women are filmed discussing their parts with remarkable candour.’
    • ‘I prefer to get through this embarrassment by not discussing my job or where I've been on holiday.’
    • ‘And I thought we were going to sit calmly discussing strategy for the evening ahead.’
    • ‘He also tries, and fails, to put a note of delight out of his voice when discussing recent triumphs.’
    • ‘Two lovable rogues are discussing a mutual acquaintance who has just been released from prison.’
    • ‘Imagine what it's like to be discussing your finances while one of your neighbours is behind you in the queue.’
    • ‘As I was leaving the store this evening he was discussing a matter of concern with one of our fine local young people.’
    • ‘I have often heard them eagerly discussing such serials broadcast by Radio Luxemburg.’
    • ‘So Bails arrives and we spend a couple of hours discussing the week that was, drinking and watching the world go by.’
    • ‘We sat out on the patio with him on his last evening, drinking a beer and discussing the project.’
    • ‘Tim and I were discussing the ending and the fifty million various ways in which it could go.’
    • ‘We spent the evening drinking our first communal gin and discussing strategies.’
    • ‘So we relaxed in their company, sipping beer at the poolside bar while discussing our plans for the weekend.’
    • ‘We spent at least twenty minutes discussing the relative merits of various lotions and potions.’
    • ‘The voice of a man can be heard discussing theories of black holes and the Big Bang.’
    talk over, talk about, talk through, converse about, debate, confer about, put your heads together about, deliberate about, chew over, consider, exchange views about, exchange views on, weigh up, consider the pros and cons of, thrash out, argue, dispute
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    1. 1.1 Talk or write about (a topic) in detail, taking into account different issues or ideas.
      ‘in Chapter Six I discuss problems that arise in applying Darwin's ideas’
      • ‘Of course there are other issues to be discussed, as we shall see in the next two paragraphs.’
      • ‘These are all issues we've discussed broadly and fully within my administration.’
      • ‘It will be discussed in detail at a later date and changed as is necessary and ratified.’
      • ‘However, he felt the issue should first be discussed with the city's retail sector.’
      • ‘For issues to be discussed in the form of poetry is not to romanticise them.’
      • ‘The issue is set to be discussed at a meeting of the council's planning committee tonight.’
      • ‘The first two advantages have already been discussed earlier in some detail in this chapter.’
      • ‘There is another link to a piece in which he discusses why he writes poetry.’
      • ‘I am not convinced and that is why I have asked for this topic to be discussed at the town council.’
      • ‘This is the major topic which will be discussed in the remainder of this chapter.’
      • ‘We are willing to meet with any individual who wishes to discuss this or other issues.’
      • ‘This work has been reviewed elsewhere and will not be discussed in detail here.’
      • ‘His fifth work in the six part treatise was published in 1883 and discusses well-ordered sets.’
      • ‘We have attempted to find the best available evidence for the topics we discuss.’
      • ‘The issue will be discussed at a meeting of the county council executive tomorrow.’
      • ‘The next section discusses in greater detail the accepted history of internal audit.’
      • ‘Here again, I do not have the space to discuss in detail the fairness of each of these policies.’
      • ‘The two cards use quite different cooling solutions, as was discussed in the roundup.’
      • ‘There was only one serious topic to be discussed between Prime Minister and president.’
      • ‘Many of these topics will be taken up and discussed in greater detail in subsequent chapters.’
      examine, explore, study, analyse, go into, scrutinize, review
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘dispel, disperse’, also ‘examine by argument’): from Latin discuss- ‘dashed to pieces’, later ‘investigated’, from the verb discutere, from dis- ‘apart’ + quatere ‘shake’.