- transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French discusser, Latin discussus, past participle of discutere to disperse, from dis- apart + quatere to shake — more at dis-, quash
Date: 14th century
1. obsolete dispel
a. to investigate by reasoning or argument
b. to present in detail for examination or consideration <discussed plans for the party> c. to talk about 3. obsolete declare • discussable or discussible adjective • discusser noun Synonyms: discuss, argue, debate mean to discourse about in order to reach conclusions or to convince. discuss implies a sifting of possibilities especially by presenting considerations pro and con <discussed the need for a new highway>. argue implies the offering of reasons or evidence in support of convictions already held <argued that the project would be too costly>. debate suggests formal or public argument between opposing parties <debated the merits of the amendment>; it may also apply to deliberation with oneself <I'm debating whether I should go>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.