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conversational speech10.32%task-oriented speech89.68%
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Definition of the verb discuss

What does discuss mean as a doing word?

Discuss is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: discussed | discussing | discusses

  1. to consider or examine in speech or writing
    • example: The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of discuss: discourse
    • more generic words: address / cover / deal / handle / plow / treat = act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
    • more specific terms:
      • descant = talk at great length about something of one's interest
      • talk shop = discuss matters that are related to work
  2. speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

Alternative definition of the verb discuss


  1. [obsolete, transitive] To drive away, disperse, shake off.
  2. [transitive] To converse or debate concerning a particular topic.
  3. [transitive, obsolete] To communicate, tell, or disclose (information, a message, etc.).


  1. Discuss is a musical group.
    • albums: "Discuss", "Aeration Swells", "This Vessel"
  2. Discuss a.k.a. Diss-Cuss is a musical group.


"Discuss" is a musical album of Discuss.

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Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1880)

Giving the Derivation, Source Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

(Discuss is the Latin dis-quatio; French, casser.

Google previewDictionary of phrase and fable. [A dictionary of English literature] by W.D. Adams, with additions (1885)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

(Discuss is the Latin dis-quatio ; Fronoh, cotter.

Google previewExpert Performance Indexing for SQL Server 2012 (2012)

by Jason Strate, Ted Krueger

The first index type to discuss is the heap. As pointed out earlier in the book, a heap is not actually a type of index. It is instead the result of the lack of a clustered index on a table. A heap index will, as the name implies, use the heap structure ...

Google previewDialogical Rhetoric (2002)

An Essay on Truth and Normativity After Postmodernism by W. Slob

The first theory to discuss is the venerated correspondence theory of truth; generally considered to be the most important theory of truth. Alternative approaches, notably the coherence and pragmatic accounts of truth, require discussion as well ...

Google previewThe Definitive Guide to Emergency Department Operational Improvement (2011)

Employing Lean Principles with Current ED Best Practices to Create the “No Wait” Department by Jody Crane, MD, MBA, Chuck Noon, PhD

The first interval we will discuss is the door-to-doc interval (Figure 11.1). This is the interval from the time the patient arrives until the patient is seen by the physician. This is the most important interval as far as patient perception goes. In fact, as ...

Google previewLooking Beneath the Surface (2013)

Medical Ethics from Islamic and Western Perspectives by Hendrik M. Vroom, Petra Verdonk, Marzouk Aulad Abdellah, Martina C. Cornel

The first issue we will discuss is the question of what should be decisive for ascertaining the donor's end of life: in short, the organ has to be "alive" while the patient has "died." The second section concerns the integrity of the body of the dead ...

Google previewThe Development of International Law (2003)

by Geoffrey G. Butler, Sir Geoffrey Gilbert Butler, Simon Maccoby

At London, Castlereagh organised a conference of the great and the maritime Powers to discuss means speedily to abolish the slave trade. Fourteen meetings were held between 18th August 1816 and the conference of Aix-la-Chapelle in ...

Google previewBeginning DirectX 11 Game Programming (2011)

by Allen Sherrod

When dealing with Direct3D, we create buffers for many different reasons, but the first reason we'll discuss is the creation of ...

Google previewPrimate Ecology and Conservation (2013)

by Eleanor Sterling, Nora Bynum, Mary Blair

We also discuss means to examine the diets of elusive primates through stable isotope analysis. 11.2 Observing the animals There are a variety of methods available to quantify the behaviors of primates (Altmann 1974; Martin and Bateson ...

Google previewThe Null Subject Parameter (2012)

by M. Jaeggli, K. Safir

The particular parameter we will discuss is the socalled 'prodrop' or 'null subject' parameter, intended to explain, among other things, the property exhibited by languages like Italian and Spanish of allowing phonologicallynull subjects in ...

Google previewThe Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability, Fifth Edition (2007)

5th Edition by Arthur E. Dell Orto, PhD, CRC, Paul W. Power, SCD, CRC

A third area to observe/discuss is a client's mental status,

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

antibiotics, chemotherapy Discuss carbohydrate content of PN with dietitian Discuss blood sugar management with medical team Can occur if PN is ...

Google previewEtymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of Difficult Words (1882)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Discuss, dis.hts'. To talk argumcutatively on a subject. "Discus," Latin ; Greek dUlrfs, a round flat plate of metal, &c " Discous," see Disc, "Discuss," see iuxt article. Discuss, dis.kus', to ventilate a subject. (See Discus.) ...

Google previewThe Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History (2011)

by W. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles

that convenesallthe deputies from nonmetropolitan communitiesto discuss topics of mutual relevance and elects asmall regional council. For many years ...

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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1C3U1S1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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