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debate

[dih-beyt] /dɪˈbeɪt/
noun
1.
a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints:
a debate in the Senate on farm price supports.
2.
a formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers.
3.
deliberation; consideration.
4.
Archaic. strife; contention.
verb (used without object), debated, debating.
5.
to engage in argument or discussion, as in a legislative or public assembly:
When we left, the men were still debating.
6.
to participate in a formal debate.
7.
to deliberate; consider:
I debated with myself whether to tell them the truth or not.
8.
Obsolete. to fight; quarrel.
verb (used with object), debated, debating.
9.
to argue or discuss (a question, issue, or the like), as in a legislative or public assembly:
They debated the matter of free will.
10.
to dispute or disagree about:
The homeowners debated the value of a road on the island.
11.
to engage in formal argumentation or disputation with (another person, group, etc.):
Jones will debate Smith. Harvard will debate Princeton.
12.
to deliberate upon; consider:
He debated his decision in the matter.
13.
Archaic. to contend for or over.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English debaten < Old French debatre, equivalent to de- de- + batre to beat < Latin battere, earlier battuere; (noun) Middle English debat < Old French, derivative of debatre
Related forms
debater, noun
debatingly, adverb
interdebate, verb, interdebated, interdebating.
nondebater, noun
nondebating, adjective
outdebate, verb (used with object), outdebated, outdebating.
overdebate, verb, overdebated, overdebating.
postdebate, adjective
predebate, noun
predebater, noun
redebate, noun, verb, redebated, redebating.
undebated, adjective
undebating, adjective
well-debated, adjective
Synonyms
1. argument, controversy, disputation, contention. 5. dispute, contend. See argue.
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Examples from the web for debating
  • And you stand there, debating, laughing and wrangling.
  • Encourage students to carefully consider both the costs and benefits of this topic while debating.
  • Use a standard debate procedure and have the non-debating students evaluate the efficacy of the arguments.
  • No one is debating the status of the eight biggest planets.
  • debating where to find the best barbecue here is something of a city sport.
  • It was the brightest cosmic explosion ever observed, and astronomers are still hotly debating its origin and implications.
  • In short debating the humane or inhumane nature of our method is putting the cart before the horse.
  • But the only way to get there is to keep questioning, scrutinizing and debating.
  • Because not debating in good faith is not debating at all.
  • There is no point debating with people who choose belief over scientific facts.
British Dictionary definitions for debating

debate

/dɪˈbeɪt/
noun
1.
a formal discussion, as in a legislative body, in which opposing arguments are put forward
2.
discussion or dispute
3.
the formal presentation and opposition of a specific motion, followed by a vote
verb
4.
to discuss (a motion), esp in a formal assembly
5.
to deliberate upon (something): he debated with himself whether to go
Derived Forms
debater, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French debatre to discuss, argue, from Latin battuere
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Word Origin and History for debating

debate

v.

late 14c., "to quarrel, dispute," also "discuss, deliberate upon the pros and cons of," from Old French debatre (13c., Modern French débattre), originally "to fight," from de- "down, completely" (see de-) + batre "to beat" (see battery). Related: Debated; debating.

n.

early 14c., "a quarrel, dispute, disagreement," from Old French debat; see debate (v.). Sense of "a formal dispute, a debating contest" is perhaps from early 15c.

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Encyclopedia Article for debating

debate

formal, oral confrontation between two individuals, teams, or groups who present arguments to support opposing sides of a question, generally according to a set form or procedure

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