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Definition of discourse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

discourse

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discourse
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɔːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɔːrs//
 
he / she / it discourses
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɔːsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɔːrsɪz//
 
past simple discoursed
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɔːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɔːrst//
 
past participle discoursed
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɔːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɔːrst//
 
-ing form discoursing
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɔːsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɔːrsɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//dɪsˈkɔːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkɔːrs//
 
Word Origin late Middle English (denoting the process of reasoning): from Old French discours, from Latin discursus ‘running to and fro’ (in medieval Latin: ‘argument’), from the verb discurrere, from dis- ‘away’ + currere ‘to run’; the verb influenced by French discourir. Phrasal Verbsdiscourse on something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: discourse