verb (used with object)

  1. to consider or examine by argument, comment, etc.; talk over or write about, especially to explore solutions; debate: to discuss the proposed law on taxes.
  2. Civil Law.
    1. to collect a debt from (the person primarily liable) before proceeding against the person secondarily liable.
    2. to execute against the movable property of (a debtor) before proceeding against the debtor’s immovable property, as land.
  3. Rare. to consume (food or drink) enthusiastically.
  4. Obsolete. to make known; reveal.

verb (tr)

  1. to have a conversation about; consider by talking over; debate
  2. to treat (a subject) in speech or writingthe first three volumes discuss basic principles
  3. facetious, rare to eat or drink with enthusiasm

mid-14c., “to examine, investigate,” from Latin discuss-, past participle stem of discutere “to dash to pieces, agitate,” in Late Latin and Vulgar Latin also “to discuss, investigate” (see discussion). Meaning “examine by argument, debate” is from mid-15c. Related: Discussed; discussing.

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