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Meaning of DEBATE

Pronunciation:  di'beyt

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

DEBATE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.

 

 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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
                                                   --Prescott.
    
    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.
                                                   --Shak.
    
             Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself. --Prov.
                                                   xxv. 9.
    
    Syn: To argue; discuss; dispute; controvert. See {Argue}, and
         {Discuss}.
    
    
  2. \De*bate"\, v. i.
    1. To engage in strife or combat; to fight. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    
             Well could he tourney and in lists debate.
                                                   --Spenser.
    
    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.
                                                   --Tatler.
    
    
  3. \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
                                                   Gloucester.
    
             But question fierce and proud reply Gave signal soon
             of dire debate.                       --Sir W.
                                                   Scott.
    
    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.
                                                   --Milton.
    
    
 
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