To discuss is to talk: but with a more serious intent. Discussing is a lot more substantial than chatting.

When someone says, "I have something I need to discuss with you," most people think "Uh oh." To discuss usually implies a certain amount of serious talking. This can apply to writing as well: essays discuss topics, usually in a careful, thorough way. On the other hand, sometimes discuss means exactly the same thing as talk or converse. Like all words, the meaning depends on how it’s used.

Definitions of discuss

v to consider or examine in speech or writing

“The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'”
discourse, talk about
talk at great length about something of one's interest
talk shop
discuss matters that are related to work
Type of:
address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat
act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression

v speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

“We discussed our household budget”
hash out, talk over
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negociate, negotiate, talk terms
discuss the terms of an arrangement
confer with another in order to come to terms or reach an agreement
hold a powwow, talk, conference or meeting
debate, deliberate
discuss the pros and cons of an issue
consider, debate, deliberate, moot, turn over
think about carefully; weigh
bandy, kick around
discuss lightly
chair, lead, moderate
preside over
advise, counsel, rede
give advice to
confab, confabulate, confer, consult
have a conference in order to talk something over
broach, initiate
bring up a topic for discussion
bandy about
discuss casually
hammer out, thrash out
discuss vehemently in order to reach a solution or an agreement
deliberate or decide
consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand
argue with one another
arbitrate, intercede, intermediate, liaise, mediate
act between parties with a view to reconciling differences
renegociate, renegotiate
revise the terms of in order to limit or regain excess profits gained by the contractor
renegociate, renegotiate
negociate anew
engage in negotiations in order to reach an agreement
negotiate with much give and take
discuss, as between enemies
exhort, press, urge, urge on
force or impel in an indicated direction
deter, dissuade
turn away from by persuasion
subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation
engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate
admonish, discourage, monish, warn
admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
tip, tip off
give insider information or advise to
misadvise, misguide
give bad advice to
put forward, as of an idea
advise professionally
confer secretly
make a treatment inadvisable
address, cover, deal, handle, plow, treat
act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression
think twice
consider and reconsider carefully
bargain, dicker
negotiate the terms of an exchange
act as a broker
Type of:
talk about, talk of
discuss or mention

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