To debate is defined as to argue about the opposing sides of a subject or to discuss the merits of different arguments and points of view.(verb)
An example of debate is when you have a discussion about the death penalty, which you are for and your conversation partner is against.
The definition of a debate is a formal discussion of the opposing sides of a specific subject or a formal contest of arguments.(noun)
See debate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME debaten < OFr debatre, to fight, contend, debate: see de- & batter
Origin: ME & OFr debat < the v.
See debate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb de·bat·ed, de·bat·ing, de·bates verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English debaten
Origin: , from Old French debatre
Origin: : de-, de-
Origin: + battre, to beat; see batter1.
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