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dis·course  audio  (dskôrs, -krs) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Verbal expression in speech or writing.
  2. Verbal exchange; conversation.
  3. A formal, lengthy discussion of a subject, either written or spoken.
  4. Archaic The process or power of reasoning.
VERB:
dis·coursed, dis·cours·ing, dis·cours·es (d-skôrs, -skrs)
VERB:
intr.
  1. To speak or write formally and at length. See Synonyms at speak.
  2. To engage in conversation or discussion; converse.
VERB:
tr.
Archaic
To narrate or discuss.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English discours, process of reasoning, from Medieval Latin discursus, from Latin, a running about, from past participle of discurrere, to run about : dis-, apart ; see dis- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
dis·courser(Noun)


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