|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|
|4.||to discuss (a motion), esp in a formal assembly|
|5.||to deliberate upon (something): he debated with himself whether to go|
|[C13: from Old French debatre to discuss, argue, from Latin battuere]|
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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