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Meaning & Definition of Debate in English

English

Debate

/dəbet/

noun

1. A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

  • "The argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
    synonym:
  • argument
  • ,
  • argumentation
  • ,
  • debate

2. The formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)

    synonym:
  • debate
  • ,
  • disputation
  • ,
  • public debate

verb

1. Argue with one another

  • "We debated the question of abortion"
  • "John debated mary"
    synonym:
  • debate

2. Think about carefully

  • Weigh
  • "They considered the possibility of a strike"
  • "Turn the proposal over in your mind"
    synonym:
  • consider
  • ,
  • debate
  • ,
  • moot
  • ,
  • turn over
  • ,
  • deliberate

3. Discuss the pros and cons of an issue

    synonym:
  • debate
  • ,
  • deliberate

4. Have an argument about something

    synonym:
  • argue
  • ,
  • contend
  • ,
  • debate
  • ,
  • fence

Examples of using

We didn't expect the passage of the bill with so little debate.
We don't have time to debate.
After much debate, Congress passed the bill.