discuss


discuss
discuss, argue, debate, dispute, agitate mean to discourse about something in order to arrive at the truth or to convince others. Discuss implies an attempt to sift or examine especially by presenting considerations pro and con; it often suggests an interchange of opinion for the sake of clarifying issues and testing the strength of each side
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Hobart couldn't discuss. He could talk; he could assert . . . but he couldn't meet or answer arguments— Rose Macaulay

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not even the loon, in whose voice there is a human note, means to discuss the weather. You are living in a world almost devoid of communication— Laird

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Argue usually implies conviction and the adducing of evidence or reasons in support of one's cause or position
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Agrippa advised a republican restoration and Maecenas argued for a principate— Buchan

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deep- seated preferences cannot be argued about —you cannot argue a man into liking a glass of beer— Justice Holmes

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Debate stresses formal or public argument between opposing parties
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they had gathered a wise council to them of every realm, that did debate this business— Shak.

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Dispute, in the sense of discuss or debate, is somewhat uncommon
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[Paul] spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God— Acts 19:8

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It more usually implies contentious or heated argument (compare dispute n at ARGUMENT).
Agitate stresses both vigorous argument and a practical objective; it usually implies active propaganda and a determination to bring about a change
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when workers working ten hours a day agitate for an eight-hour day, what they really want is . . . sixteen hours off duty instead of fourteen— Shaw

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if you really expect success, agitate, agitate, agitate—Paget

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Analogous words: *explain, expound, interpret, elucidate, explicate: *discourse, expatiate, dilate, descant

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  • Discuss — Dis*cuss , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discussed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discussing}.] [L. discussus, p. p. of discutere to strike asunder (hence came the sense to separate mentally, distinguish); dis + quatere to shake, strike. See {Quash}.] 1. To break to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discuss — mid 14c., to examine, investigate, from L. discuss , pp. stem of discutere to dash to pieces, agitate, in L.L. and V.L. also to discuss, investigate (see DISCUSSION (Cf. discussion)). Meaning to examine by argument, debate is from mid 15c.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • discuss — [di skus′] vt. [ME discussen, to examine, scatter < L discussus, pp. of discutere, to strike asunder, scatter < dis , apart + quatere, to shake, beat: see QUASH2] 1. Obs. to disperse; dispel 2. to talk or write about; take up in… …   English World dictionary

  • discuss — I verb agitare, air, analyze, argue for and against, argue the case, argue the point, bandy words, carry on a conversation, comment, comment upon, confabulate, confer, confer with, consider, consult, contend in words, contest, converse, debate,… …   Law dictionary

  • discuss — [v] talk over with another altercate, argue, bounce off*, canvass, compare notes, confabulate, confer, consider, consult with, contend, contest, converse, debate, deliberate, descant, discept, discourse about, dispute, dissert, dissertate,… …   New thesaurus

  • discuss — ► VERB 1) talk about so as to reach a decision. 2) talk or write about (a topic) in detail. DERIVATIVES discussable adjective. ORIGIN Latin discutere dash to pieces (later investigate ) …   English terms dictionary

  • discuss */*/*/ — UK [dɪˈskʌs] / US verb [transitive] Word forms discuss : present tense I/you/we/they discuss he/she/it discusses present participle discussing past tense discussed past participle discussed Get it right: discuss: The verb discuss is never used… …   English dictionary

  • discuss — verb ADVERB ▪ exhaustively, fully, in detail, thoroughly ▪ The plan was discussed in great detail. ▪ at length, endlessly, extensively …   Collocations dictionary

  • discuss — 01. I [discussed] the project with my boss for over an hour. 02. You should [discuss] this with your parents before you make any decision. 03. The matter was [discussed] at our management meeting this morning. 04. The Prime Minister met with his… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • discuss — di|scuss W1S3 [dıˈskʌs] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: discussus, past participle of discutere to shake to pieces ] 1.) to talk about something with another person or a group in order to exchange ideas or decide something ▪ Littman… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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