Definitions for: Debate

[n] a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
[n] the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote)
[v] argue with one another; "We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary"
[v] have an argument about something
[v] discuss the pros and cons of an issue
[v] think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"

Webster (1913) Definition: De*bate", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debated; p. pr. & vb.
n. Debating.] [OF. debatre, F. d['e]battre; L. de + batuere
to beat. See Batter, v. t., and cf. Abate.]
1. To engage in combat for; to strive for.

Volunteers . . . thronged to serve under his banner,
and the cause of religion was debated with the same
ardor in Spain as on the plains of Palestine.

2. To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to
maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss;
to argue for and against.

A wise council . . . that did debate this business.

Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself. --Prov.
xxv. 9.

Syn: To argue; discuss; dispute; controvert. See Argue, and

De*bate", v. i.
1. To engage in strife or combat; to fight. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Well could he tourney and in lists debate.

2. To contend in words; to dispute; hence, to deliberate; to
consider; to discuss or examine different arguments in the
mind; -- often followed by on or upon.

He presents that great soul debating upon the
subject of life and death with his intimate friends.

De*bate", n. [F. d['e]bat, fr. d['e]battre. See
Debate, v. t.]
1. A fight or fighting; contest; strife. [Archaic]

On the day of the Trinity next ensuing was a great
debate . . . and in that murder there were slain . .
. fourscore. --R. of

But question fierce and proud reply Gave signal soon
of dire debate. --Sir W.

2. Contention in words or arguments; discussion for the
purpose of elucidating truth or influencing action; strife
in argument; controversy; as, the debates in Parliament or
in Congress.

Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate. --Pope.

3. Subject of discussion. [R.]

Statutes and edicts concerning this debate.

Synonyms: argue, argument, argumentation, consider, contend, deliberate, disputation, fence, moot, public debate, turn over

See Also: altercate, argufy, bicker, brabble, consider, consult, converse, debate, debate, deliberate, differ, disagree, discourse, discuss, discussion, dispute, dissent, give-and-take, moot, niggle, oppose, oral presentation, pettifog, premeditate, public speaking, quarrel, quibble, scrap, see, spar, speaking, speechmaking, squabble, stickle, take counsel, take issue, talk over, think twice, turn over, vex, word, wrestle

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