Definitions for debatedɪˈbeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•batedɪˈbeɪt(n.; v.)-bat•ed, -bat•ing.

  1. (n.)a discussion, esp. of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints.

  2. a formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers.

  3. deliberation; consideration.

  4. (v.i.)to engage in argument or discussion.

  5. to participate in a formal debate.

  6. to deliberate; consider.

  7. (v.t.)to argue or discuss (a question, issue, or the like), as in an assembly.

  8. to dispute or disagree about.

  9. to engage in formal argumentation with.

  10. to deliberate upon; consider.

Origin of debate:

1250–1300; < OF de-de - +batre to beat < L batt(u)ere

de•bat′ing•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. argument, argumentation, debate(noun)

    a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

    "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"

  2. debate, disputation, public debate(verb)

    the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)

  3. debate(verb)

    argue with one another

    "We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary"

  4. consider, debate, moot, turn over, deliberate(verb)

    think about carefully; weigh

    "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"

  5. debate, deliberate(verb)

    discuss the pros and cons of an issue

  6. argue, contend, debate, fence(verb)

    have an argument about something

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. debate(noun)ɪˈbeɪt

    an argument or discussion

    a lot of debate in Congress about the war; a heated/fierce debate

  2. debateɪˈbeɪt

    a formal timed discussion in which people present different opinions

    a debate on/about health care

  3. debate(verb)ɪˈbeɪt

    to have a formal discussion of an issue

    They will be debating the bill in the Senate.

  4. debateɪˈbeɪt

    to think carefully about sth before making a decision

    We're debating whether to buy a new car.

Wiktionary

  1. debate(Noun)

    Strife, discord.

  2. debate(Noun)

    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.

  3. debate(Noun)

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

  4. debate(Noun)

    Discussion of opposing views.

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

  5. debate(Noun)

    (Frequently in French form du00E9bat) 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.

  6. debate(Verb)

    To fight.

  7. debate(Verb)

    To participate in a debate; to dispute, argue, especially in a public arena.

  8. Origin: From debatre, from Romanic desbattere, from dis- + battuere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Debate(verb)

    to engage in combat for; to strive for

  2. Debate(verb)

    to contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against

  3. Debate(verb)

    to engage in strife or combat; to fight

  4. Debate(verb)

    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

  5. Debate(verb)

    a fight or fighting; contest; strife

  6. Debate(verb)

    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

  7. Debate(verb)

    subject of discussion

Freebase

  1. Debate

    Debate is contention in argument; dispute, controversy; discussion; especially the discussion of questions of public interest in Parliament or in any assembly. Debate is a method of interactive and representational argument. Debate is a broader form of argument than deductive reasoning, which only examines whether a conclusion is a consequence of premises, and factual argument, which only examines what is or isn't the case, or rhetoric, which is a technique of persuasion. Though logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are important elements of the art of persuasion, in debating, one side often prevails over the other side by presenting a superior "context" and/or framework of the issue, which is far more subtle and strategic. The outcome of a debate depends upon consensus or some formal way of reaching a resolution, rather than the objective facts as such. In a formal debating contest, there are rules for participants to discuss and decide on differences, within a framework defining how they will interact. Debating is commonly carried out in many assemblies of various types to discuss matters and to make resolutions about action to be taken, often by a vote. Deliberative bodies such as parliaments, legislative assemblies, and meetings of all sorts engage in debates. In particular, in parliamentary democracies a legislature debates and decides on new laws. Formal debates between candidates for elected office, such as the leaders debates and the U.S. presidential election debates, are sometimes held in democracies. Debating is also carried out for educational and recreational purposes, usually associated with educational establishments. The major goal of the study of debate as a method or art is to develop the ability to debate rationally from either position with equal ease.

British National Corpus

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

debate(verb)

to hold a formal discussion (about)

Parliament will debate the question tomorrow.

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