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Definition of 'debate'


  1. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
       Synonyms: argument argumentation
  2. the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote)
       Synonyms: disputation public debate


  1. argue with one another; "We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary"
  2. think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"
       Synonyms: consider moot turn over deliberate
  3. discuss the pros and cons of an issue
       Synonyms: deliberate
  4. have an argument about something
       Synonyms: argue contend fence

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