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
  1. verb
    consider or examine in speech or writing
    “The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'”
    synonyms: discourse, talk about
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    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
  2. verb
    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
    “We discussed our household budget”
    synonyms: 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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