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'debate'

Overview of noun debate
1. argument, argumentation, debate -- (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 -- (the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote))


Overview of verb debate
1. debate -- (argue with one another; "We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary")

2. consider, debate, moot, turn over, deliberate -- (think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind")

3. debate, deliberate -- (discuss the pros and cons of an issue)

4. argue, contend, debate, fence -- (have an argument about something)



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