Another word for formally discuss is debate. Cheese lovers often debate the merits of gorgonzola, triple creme brie and gouda. Of course, they need to accompany their arguments with a taste test!
A debate is a kind of respectful, well reasoned argument over opposing points of view, although tensions can run high and voices can be raised. In fact, the verb evolved from the Old French debatre, meaning “to fight.” Most formal debates, during a political campaign for example, keep the battles to a minimum. But if you find yourself in the midst of a debate between a Red Sox fan and a Yankees fan, things could get ugly!
v have an argument about something
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dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
bicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, quibble, squabble
argue over petty things
altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap
have a disagreement over something
be against; express opposition to
to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
engage in a brief and petty quarrel
polemicise, polemicize, polemise, polemize
engage in a controversy
have a breach in relations
contend, contest, repugn
to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
v think about carefully; weigh
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deliberate or decide
consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand
engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate
consider and reconsider carefully