Debate meaning

dĭ-bāt
The definition of a debate is a formal discussion of the opposing sides of a specific subject or a formal contest of arguments.

An example of debate is what Congress does when considering passing new legislation.

An example of debate is when two people have a discussion about the pros and cons of the death penalty and each person takes a different side of the argument.

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To discuss or argue (a question, for example) formally.
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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.

An example of debate is when you have a discussion about the death penalty, which you are for and your conversation partner is against.

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To dispute or argue about.
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(obs.) To fight or quarrel.
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(obsolete) To fight or argue for or over.
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To engage in a formal discussion or argument.
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To consider something; deliberate.
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A formal contest of argumentation in which two opposing teams defend and attack a given proposition.
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To engage in argument by discussing opposing points.
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(obsolete) To fight or quarrel.
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A discussion involving opposing points; an argument.
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Deliberation; consideration.

Passed the motion with little debate.

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(obsolete) Conflict; strife.
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A formal contest of skill in reasoned argument, with two teams taking opposite sides of a specified question.
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To deliberate on; consider.
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To consider reasons for and against; deliberate on.
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Discussion or consideration of opposing reasons; argument about or deliberation on a question.
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The art or study of formal debate.
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An argument, or discussion, usually in an ordered or formal setting, often with more than two people, generally ending with a vote or other decision.

After a four-hour debate, the committee voted to table the motion.

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(uncountable) Discussion of opposing views.

There has been considerable debate concerning exactly how to format these articles.

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An informal and spirited but generally civil discussion of opposing views.

The debate over the age of the universe is thousands of years old.

There was a bit of a debate over who should pay for the damaged fence.

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(Frequently in French form débat) A type of literary composition, taking the form of a discussion or disputation, commonly found in the vernacular medieval poetry of many European countries, as well as in medieval Latin.
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(intransitive) To participate in a debate; to dispute, argue, especially in a public arena. [from 14th c.]
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To discuss opposing reasons; argue.
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To take part in a formal discussion or a contest in which opposing sides of a question are argued.
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To deliberate (with oneself or in one's own mind)
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To dispute about, esp. in a meeting or legislature.
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To argue (a question) or argue with (a person) formally.
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Origin of debate

  • Middle English debaten from Old French debatre de- de- battre to beat batter1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French debatre (“to fight, contend, debate, also literally to beat down”), from Romanic desbattere, from Latin dis- (“apart, in different directions”) + battuere (“to beat, to fence”).

    From Wiktionary