definition 1: a discussion of two opposing viewpoints, usu. in a formal meeting or assembly.
example: The debate in Congress over the issue of voting machines continues.
definition 2: a formal, structured, and usu. public contest in which two speakers, or two teams of speakers, argue opposing viewpoints on a specific proposition.
example: Tonight’s debate will be on the topic of the future use of coal as an energy source.
example: Their team argued brilliantly, and they won the debate easily.
definition: to discuss or argue different points of a matter.
example: There is no use debating with them; they’ve already made up their minds.
definition 1: to discuss or argue (an issue or issues)
example: The town council will be debating the issue of whether or not to build another parking garage downtown.
definition 2: to ponder or consider; think over.
example: I am debating whether to go or just stay home.
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