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Definition of discourse:

  1. Consecutive speech, either written or unwritten, on a given line of thought; speech; treatise; dissertation; sermon, etc.; as, the preacher gave us a long discourse on duty.
  2. Conversation; talk.
  3. Dealing; transaction.
  4. The art and manner of speaking and conversing.
  5. The power of the mind to reason or infer by running, as it were, from one fact or reason to another, and deriving a conclusion; an exercise or act of this power; reasoning; range of reasoning faculty.
  6. To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
  7. To express one's self in oral discourse; to expose one's views; to talk in a continuous or formal manner; to hold forth; to speak; to converse.
  8. To relate something; to tell.
  9. To talk to; to confer with.
  10. To treat of something in writing and formally.
  11. To treat of; to expose or set forth in language.
  12. To utter or give forth; to speak.


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