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debate

de·bate

debate

 
pronunciation:
dih beIt
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a discussion between two people or groups who disagree on an important subject. A debate usually takes place in a formal meeting or gathering.
The debate in Congress lasted two days.
similar words:
argument, controversy, disagreement, discussion, dispute
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: debated, debates, debating
definition 1: to discuss the different sides of a subject or issue.
We debated whether it was fair to make students take swimming lessons.
synonyms:
argue, contend
similar words:
deliberate, oppose
definition 2: to consider; think over.
I am debating whether to go or not.
synonyms:
consider
similar words:
contemplate, meditate, reason
derivation: debater (n.)
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