What does debate mean?

Definitions for debate
dɪˈbeɪtde·bate

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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

Wiktionary

  1. debate(Noun)

    Strife, discord.

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

  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.

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

  3. debate(Noun)

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

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

  4. debate(Noun)

    Discussion of opposing views.

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

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

  5. debate(Noun)

    (Frequently in French form débat) 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.

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

  6. debate(Verb)

    To fight.

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

  7. debate(Verb)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Debate(verb)

    to engage in combat for; to strive for

    Etymology: [F. dbat, fr. dbattre. See Debate, v. t.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. dbat, fr. dbattre. See Debate, v. t.]

  3. Debate(verb)

    to engage in strife or combat; to fight

    Etymology: [F. dbat, fr. dbattre. See Debate, v. t.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. dbat, fr. dbattre. See Debate, v. t.]

  5. Debate(verb)

    a fight or fighting; contest; strife

    Etymology: [F. dbat, fr. dbattre. See Debate, v. t.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. dbat, fr. dbattre. See Debate, v. t.]

  7. Debate(verb)

    subject of discussion

    Etymology: [F. dbat, fr. dbattre. See Debate, v. t.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Debate

    de-bāt′, n. a contention in words or argument: (obs.) strife.—v.t. to contend for in argument: (arch.) to fight for.—v.i. to deliberate: to join in debate.—adjs. Debat′able, liable to be disputed; Debate′ful (Spens.), quarrelsome.—ns. Debate′ment (Spens., Shak.), controversy; Debat′er.—adv. Debat′ingly.—Debatable land, a tract of border land between Esk and Sark claimed both by England and Scotland. [O. Fr. debatre—L. de, and batuĕre, to beat.]

Editors Contribution

  1. debate

    To communicate and contribute a response to a form of unity government motion, question or form of proposed legislation using data, facts, information, proof, research, statistics or other relevant documentation.

    To use data, facts, information, document, research or statistics to debate within all forms of unity government is so important to ensure fairness and justness.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 22, 2020  
  2. debate

    To communicate and contribute a response to a question or request using data, proof, information, research, statistics and facts.

    People love to debate using data, information and facts.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 2, 2016  
  3. debate

    To discuss or communicate our view, belief, perception, opinion or knowledge in a conversation with a human being using data, proof, research, statistics, information and facts to support our view, perception, belief or opinion.

    Some people love to debate with their friends or fellow electorate in online forums or on social media. Debate is an intelligent element of a government process.

    Submitted by MaryC on September 12, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'debate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1559

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'debate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1276

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'debate' in Nouns Frequency: #584

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'debate' in Verbs Frequency: #936

Anagrams for debate »

  1. beated, betaed

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of debate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of debate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of debate in a Sentence

  1. Meghan McCain:

    I also enjoy fighting with Panelist Whoopi Goldberg and she enjoys fighting with me, so, I just want everyone to stop being so precious about our relationship because it's almost 2020 and women can debate on TV in a spirited way without it being personal, and I know this is a big shock, but we get along backstage.

  2. Mike Pence:

    While this institution has maintained an atmosphere of civility and open debate, far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe spaces, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness -- all of which amounts to the suppression of free speech, these practices are destructive of learning and the pursuit of knowledge.

  3. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar:

    I am the only one in the New Hampshire debate when asked if we had a problem with a socialist leading the ticket that raised my hands, i like Bernie Sanders. We came in together to the Senate. But I do not think that this is the best person to lead the ticket.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    Not just that debate, but every debate before it, I've shown consistently the ability to answer important and difficult questions I think in a very compelling way, we raised more money after this debate than any debate we've ever had and we're excited about it. And there's a reason they attacked me more than anyone else.

  5. Anna Zafesova:

    Not only because its one of very few sources of free information about corruption and the abuse of power in Putins Russia, but also because its a sign that Navalny is not just a famous media person, he has dozens of young women and men perfectly capable of carrying on his investigative work. Maybe they are less charismatic than he, but they are proof that the Russian opposition is not only virtual and cannot be silenced with the poisoning of its leader. POISONED KREMLIN CRITIC ALEXEI NAVALNY OUT OF COMA AND RESPONSIVE: GERMAN HOSPITAL Navalnys spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh and fellow team member Georgi Alburov front the Tatarstan film, and said they were followed and harassed while shooting by men who blocked their paths with quad bikes or lurked nearby. Some dramatic images along those lines appear in the film.Yarmysh talks about how Tatarstan was supposed to be one of Navalnys stops on his late summer swing through Russian regions ahead of elections. Navalny was lobbying forSmart Voting. He argued that ifhe and people like him couldnt run in elections in Russia, the next best thing wasto simply vote for a candidate who is not from the same party as President Vladimir Putin, United Russia. Navalnyfamously called it the party of crooks and thieves and wantedto chip away at its monopoly on power howeverpossible.He believes Smart Voting can eventually dislodge it from power. GERMANY SUGGESTS HALT TO RUSSIA PIPELINE PROJECT, SEEKS COOPERATION WITH NAVALNY POISONING INVESTIGATION In the documentary from Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, Navalnys team keeps up his stylistic pace with drone video of what itidentifiesas the palatial homes of the regional president and his family, punctuated withvideoof the vast collection of fancy watches from Patek Phillipe to Breguet worn byleaderRustam Minnikhanov. Even if you dont understand Russian, it is compelling TV, Zafesova said. Navalnys investigations have evolved over the years from merely facts and analysis on his blog to full-scale movies.He invented a whole new way to oppose power, a mix of media and politics which is very important in a censored media environment like Russia and fills the void of free media as well as free debate and an independent judicial system.Navalnys videos are funny, clever, precise and shocking, not just angry denunciations of the wrongdoings of government.

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  • نقاش, مناظرة, مناقشةArabic
  • дебатирам, дискусия, разискване, дискутирам, дебатиBulgarian
  • debatovatCzech
  • Debatte, debattierenGerman
  • συζητώ, αντιπαράθεση, αντιπαραθέτω, συζήτηση, συνεξετάζω, δίβατον, διάλογοςGreek
  • debate, debatirSpanish
  • väittely, debatti, väitelläFinnish
  • débattre, débat, discussionFrench
  • connsachadh, connsaichScottish Gaelic
  • बहस करना, बहस, वाद - विवाद, वाद-विवाद, बिबाद, चर्चा करना, वाद - विवाद करना, वाद विवादHindi
  • բանավեճ, բանավիճել, վեճ, քննարկումArmenian
  • debatarIdo
  • dibattere, dibattito, dibattimentoItalian
  • 議論, 討論Japanese
  • пікірталасKazakh
  • 토론Korean
  • disputō, disputātiōLatin
  • taupatupatuMāori
  • bespreking, debat, debatteren, uitpraten, bespreken, discussie, meningsverschilDutch
  • debattNorwegian
  • debataPolish
  • debater, debate, discussãoPortuguese
  • dezbatere, controversă, polemică, discuțieRomanian
  • обсуждать, полемика, спор, дискуссия, дебат, дебаты, дискутировать, споритьRussian
  • debatAlbanian
  • debatt, diskussion, meningsutbyte, debatteraSwedish
  • mdahaloSwahili
  • ప్రత్యేక చర్చ, చర్చించుకొను, వాదించుకొను, చర్చలలో పాల్గొను, చర్చలు, వ్యాసరచన పోటీ, విమర్శించు, వ్యాసం రచన పోటీ, వాదించుTelugu
  • tartışma, tartışmak, müzakere, münazaraTurkish
  • tranh luậnVietnamese
  • 辯論Chinese

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