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Dictionary definition for: Discourse

1. (n) extended verbal expression in speech or writing

2. (v) to consider or examine in speech or writing; "The article covered all the different aspects of this question" "The class discussed Dante''s "Inferno"

3. (n) an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)

4. (v) carry on a conversation

5. (n) an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic; "the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic" "his treatment of the race question is badly biased"

6. (v) talk or hold forth formally about a topic; "The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century England"

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