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Noun: debate  di'beyt
  1. A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
    "the debate over foreign aid goes on and on";
    - argument, argumentation
  2. The formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
    - disputation, public debate
Verb: debate  di'beyt
  1. Argue with one another
    "We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary"
  2. Think about carefully; weigh
    "They debated the possibility of a strike";
    - consider, moot, turn over, deliberate
  3. Discuss the pros and cons of an issue
    - deliberate
  4. Have an argument about something
    - argue, contend, fence

Derived forms: debating, debated, debates

Type of: converse, discourse, discuss, discussion, give-and-take, hash out, oral presentation, public speaking, speaking, speechmaking, talk over, word

Encyclopedia: Debate