discuss
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /dɪsˈkʌs/, /dɪsˈkʊs/
  • (America) IPA: /dɪsˈkʌs/
Verb

discuss (discusses, present participle discussing; past and past participle discussed)

  1. (transitive) To converse or debate concerning a particular topic.
    Let's sit down and discuss this rationally.
    I don't wish to discuss this further. Let's talk about something else.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To communicate, tell, or disclose (information, a message, etc.).
    • circa 1597 William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor, act 1, scene 3:
      Nym: I will discuss the humour of this love to Page.
    • circa 1599 William Shakespeare, Henry V, act 4, scene 1:
      Pistol: Discuss unto me; art thou officer? Or art thou base, common and popular?
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To break to pieces; to shatter.
  4. (obsolete, transitive, colloquial) To deal with, in eating or drinking; consume.
    • , Samuel White Baker, The Rifle and the Hound in Ceylon:
      We sat quietly down and discussed a cold fowl that we had brought with us.
    • 1858, James Hogg, Titan (volume 27, page 306)
      In the first room we entered, a soldier and a man, like a clerk or dominie, were discussing a bottle of red wine; they immediately sprang up and politely proffered us each a bumper.
  5. (transitive, legal) To examine or search thoroughly; to exhaust a remedy against, as against a principal debtor before proceeding against the surety.
  6. (obsolete, transitive) To drive away, disperse, shake off; said especially of tumors.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.i:
      For she was giuen all to fleshly lust, / And poured forth in sensuall delight, / That all regard of shame she had discust, / And meet respect of honour put to flight […]
    • The softness of my hands was secured by medicated gloves, and my bosom rubbed with a pomade prepared by my mother, of virtue to discuss pimples, and clear discolourations.
    • Many arts were used to discuss the beginnings of new affection.
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