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

      

    discuss

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discuss
    BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌs//
     
    he / she / it discusses
    BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌsɪz//
     
    past simple discussed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌst//
     
    past participle discussed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌst//
     
    -ing form discussing
    BrE BrE//dɪˈskʌsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈskʌsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to talk about something with somebody, especially in order to decide something discuss something with somebody Have you discussed the problem with anyone? discuss something I'm not prepared to discuss this on the phone. They met to discuss the possibility of working together. discuss when, what, etc… We need to discuss when we should go. discuss (somebody/something) doing something We briefly discussed buying a second car. You cannot say ‘discuss about something’:I discussed about my problem with my parents. Look also at discussion. Synonymstalkdiscuss speak communicate debate consultThese words all mean to share news, information, ideas or feelings with another person or other people, especially by talking with them.talk to speak in order to give information, express feelings or share ideas:We talked on the phone for over an hour.discuss (rather formal) to talk and share ideas on a subject or problem with other people, especially in order to decide something:Have you discussed the problem with anyone? You cannot say ‘discuss about something’:I’m not prepared to discuss about this on the phone.speak to talk to somebody about something; to have a conversation with somebody:I’ve spoken to the manager about it. ‘Can I speak to Susan?’ ‘Speaking.’ (= at the beginning of a telephone conversation)talk or speak?Speak can suggest a more formal level of communication than talk. You speak to somebody about something to try to achieve a particular goal or to tell them to do something. You talk to somebody in order to be friendly or to ask their advice:Have you talked to your parents about the problems you’re having? I’ve spoken to Ed about it and he’s promised not to let it happen again.communicate (rather formal) to exchange information or ideas with somebody:We only communicate by email. Dolphins use sound to communicate with each other. Communicate is often used when the speaker wants to draw attention to the means of communication used.debate to discuss something, especially formally, before making a decision or finding a solution:Politicians will be debating the bill later this week.consult (rather formal) to discuss something with somebody in order to get their permission for something, or to help you make a decision:You shouldn’t have done it without consulting me.Patterns to talk/​discuss something/​speak/​communicate/​debate/​consult with somebody to talk/​speak to somebody to talk/​speak to somebody/​consult somebody about something to talk/​speak of something
  2. 2  discuss something | discuss what, how, etc… to write or talk about something in detail, showing the different ideas and opinions about it This topic will be discussed at greater length in the next chapter. Language BankaboutSaying what a text is about The book is about homeless people in the cities. The report deals with the issue of homelessness in London. The writer discusses the problems faced by homeless people. The article presents an overview of the issues surrounding homelessness. The novel explores the theme of friendship among homeless people. The first chapter examines the relationship between homelessness and drug addiction. The paper considers the question of why so many young people become homeless. Synonymsexamineanalyse review study discussThese words all mean to think about, study or describe somebody/​something carefully, especially in order to understand them, form an opinion of them or make a decision about them.examine to think about, study or describe an idea, subject or piece of work very carefully:These ideas will be examined in more detail in Chapter 10.analyse/​analyze to examine the nature or structure of something, especially by separating it into its parts, in order to understand or explain it:The job involves gathering and analysing data. He tried to analyse his feelings.review to examine something again, especially so that you can decide if it is necessary to make changes:The government will review the situation later in the year.study to examine somebody/​something in order to understand them or it:We will study the report carefully before making a decision.examine or study?You examine something in order to understand it or to help other people understand it, for example by describing it in a book; you study something in order to understand it yourself.discuss to write or talk about something in detail, showing the different ideas and opinions about it:This topic will be discussed at greater length in the next chapter.Patterns to examine/​analyse/​review/​study/​discuss what/​how/​whether… to examine/​analyse/​review/​study/​discuss the situation/​evidence to examine/​analyse/​review/​study/​discuss something carefully/​critically/​systematically/​briefly
  3. Word Origin 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’.Extra examples He refused to discuss it with me. I’d like to discuss this matter with you later. Pupils should be encouraged to discuss critically the information they are given. The committee meets regularly to discuss these issues. The plan was discussed in great detail. The proposals have been widely discussed in the media. These ideas will be discussed at greater length in the next chapter. This problem has never been discussed openly before. We will send you an invoice as discussed. to convene a conference to discuss the country’s political future They briefly discussed buying a new car.
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