debate

debate
I UK [dɪˈbeɪt] / US noun
Word forms "debate":
singular debate plural debates
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1) [countable/uncountable] a discussion in which people or groups state different opinions about a subject
debate about/on/over:

There has been intense debate over political union.

(a) lively/heated/fierce/intense debate:

The proposals provoked a fierce debate.

be the subject of much/some debate:

Her books have been the subject of much debate.

2) [countable] a formal discussion that ends with a decision made by voting
debate about/on something:

an emergency debate on the future of the peace talks

a matter for/of debate — something that people have different opinions about and argue about

What really happened that day is a matter of debate.


II UK [dɪˈbeɪt] / US verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "debate":
present tense I/you/we/they debate he/she/it debates present participle debating past tense debated past participle debated
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1) if people debate a subject, they discuss it formally before making a decision, usually by voting

Parliament is still debating the bill.

hotly debated (= with very strong opposing opinions):

This is one of the most hotly debated issues today.

debate whether:

The two sides debated whether to raise taxes.

2) to consider an action or situation carefully before you decide what to do

I debated whether or not to call her parents.

debate what:

He stopped and debated what to do next.

debate with yourself:

I was debating with myself whether I should stay or go.

debate doing something:

She debated leaving without saying anything but decided against it.


Derived word:
debating
adjective

a debating team


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