What does debate mean?

Definitions for debate
dɪˈbeɪtde·bate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word debate.

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. Peter Anthamatten:

    This is an important debate on how to improve physical activity among schools and there is good research to investigate whether lending equipment, organizing activities, renovating schoolyards, or improving adult supervision is the most effective strategy, what the authors can claim is that they observe meaningful difference on their playgrounds with the program (equipment and supervision) but they cannot say which part of the program makes the difference.

  2. Draft Biden executive director:

    Democratic supporters are hungry for a race. They want a lively debate.

  3. Sean Spicer:

    Every candidate has equal access to our superior data file at the RNC because we believe primaries should be a process free from party interference and that puts voters and campaigns first, that's why it is so troubling to see the DNC engage in such heavy-handed favoritism benefiting Hillary Clinton, a pattern which will continue (Saturday) night with another debate deliberately scheduled to limit viewership.

  4. Ciaran Martin:

    I welcome the debate is beginning to inch into wider territory about general standards of security required for 5G to protect us and our allies from any attack.

  5. Justin Trudeau:

    In a democracy like ours, and in a space where we value our diversity so strongly, we're allowed to have disagreements and debate. We even encourage it, this matter has generated an important discussion -- how democratic institutions, specifically the federal ministry, and the staff and officials who support it, conduct themselves. It is critical and core to all of our principles.

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Translations for debate

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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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