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Definitions of debate

  1. To deliberate; to dispute. Debating society, a society for the purpose of debate and improvement in extemporaneous speaking. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To discuss; argue; consider; reflect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To engage in combat for; to strive for. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A fight or fighting; contest; strife. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Subject of discussion. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Discuss by presenting arguments for and against; dispute; meditate upon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To contend for in argument. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To engage in strife or combat; to fight. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To argue or discuss a point; reflect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To deliberate: to join in debate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. argue with one another; "We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. To contend for or discuss in words or arguments; to contend for. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. To contend for in words or arguments; to dispute; to deliberate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. A contention in words or argument. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. DEBATER. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Contention in words; discussion. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. To discuss. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Debatable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. The discussing of any question; argumentation; dispute. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Contention or discussion in words or argument; contention; contest. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Contention in words; discussion between two or more persons avowedly for the discovery of truth. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for debate

  1. After a short debate he determined to go there. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. There was a stormy debate in council after Egmont had accepted the mission and immediately before his departure. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
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