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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 for debate
  • While experts debate that question, they agree that more devastating tempests are headed our way.
  • The budget debate is turning into a deficit discussion.
  • The discussion produced no compromises-it was a debate, not a negotiation-but it was clarifying.
  • Other parts clearly need more consideration and debate.
  • In our view, however, this does not bar the consideration in public debate of thoughtful arguments whatever their source.
  • The stakes in the global-warming debate, however, could scarcely be higher.
  • The question of whether or not to drill fuels an ongoing debate.
  • Of course, what constitutes a healthy diet is a matter of debate.
  • Here in our debate-of-the-month you will find two differing points of view.
  • So debate all you want, anthropology is a science if you want it to be and it isn't if you don't want it to be so.
British Dictionary definitions for debate

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 debate
debate
c.1300, from Fr. debattre (13c.), orig. "to fight," from de- "down, completely" + batre "to beat."
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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