Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To speak with another or others about; talk over.
  • transitive v. To examine or consider (a subject) in speech or writing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To drive away, disperse, shake off.
  • v. To converse or debate concerning a particular topic.
  • v. To communicate, tell, or disclose (information, a message, etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To break to pieces; to shatter.
  • transitive v. To break up; to disperse; to scatter; to dissipate; to drive away; -- said especially of tumors.
  • transitive v. To shake; to put away; to finish.
  • transitive v. To examine in detail or by disputation; to reason upon by presenting favorable and adverse considerations; to debate; to sift; to investigate; to ventilate.
  • transitive v. To deal with, in eating or drinking.
  • transitive v. To examine or search thoroughly; to exhaust a remedy against, as against a principal debtor before proceeding against the surety.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shake or strike asunder; break up; disperse; scatter.
  • To shake off; put away.
  • To examine; consider and declare one's opinion concerning; hence, to explain; declare; speak about.
  • To agitate; debate; argue about; reason upon; sift the considerations for and against.
  • Hence To examine or investigate the quality of by consuming, as something to eat or drink: as, to discuss a fowl; to discuss a bottle of wine.
  • In civil law, to exhaust legal proceedings against for debt, as the actual debtor or his property, before proceeding against the property of a person secondarily liable for the debt. See benefit of discussion, under discussion.
  • In French-Canadian law, to procure the sale of (the property of a debtor) by due process of law and apply the proceeds toward the payment of the debt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to consider or examine in speech or writing
  • v. speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

Etymologies

Middle English discussen, to examine, from Anglo-Norman discusser, from Latin discussus, past participle of discutere, to break up : dis-, apart; see dis- + quatere, to shake; see kwēt- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French and Anglo-Norman discusser (French: discuter), from Latin discussus, past participle of discutere ("to strike or shake apart, break up, scatter, also, in derivatives and in Medieval Latin, examine, discuss"), from dis- ("apart") + quatere ("to shake"). (Wiktionary)

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