definition: to talk together about; confer on.
example: We discussed plans for the new building at the meeting today.
example: Let’s discuss this matter further before we make a decision.
example: These are some of the topics we’ll be discussing in class this semester.
example: We discussed redecorating the apartment, but we never made a decision.
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Collocations: Words often used in combination with the transitive verb “discuss”
discuss + NOUN: ~ issue, ~ matter, ~ problem, ~option, ~ proposal, ~idea, ~concern, ~question, ~plan, ~need, ~possibility, ~implications, ~aspect, ~findings, ~situation, ~merit, ~future, ~role, ~concept
discuss + ADVERB: ~briefly (e.g., discuss the matter briefly), ~in detail, ~at length, ~ in depth, ~ further (e.g., We’ll discuss the issue further at our next meeting), ~seriously, ~publicly, ~critically, ~extensively, ~openly
The verb “discuss” is followed directly by a noun phrase, as in “discuss the matter,” “discuss the problem.” The idea of “about” (as in “talk about”) is already included in the meaning of “discuss,” so it is not correct to say “discuss about something.” Also, when a verb follows “discuss,” it takes its -ing form to become a noun. That’s why in the example above, we say “discussed redecorating,” not “discussed to redecorate.”