- a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints: a debate in the Senate on farm price supports.
- a formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers.
- deliberation; consideration.
- Archaic. strife; contention.
- to engage in argument or discussion, as in a legislative or public assembly: When we left, the men were still debating.
- to participate in a formal debate.
- to deliberate; consider: I debated with myself whether to tell them the truth or not.
- Obsolete. to fight; quarrel.
- to argue or discuss (a question, issue, or the like), as in a legislative or public assembly: They debated the matter of free will.
- to dispute or disagree about: The homeowners debated the value of a road on the island.
- to engage in formal argumentation or disputation with (another person, group, etc.): Jones will debate Smith. Harvard will debate Princeton.
- to deliberate upon; consider: He debated his decision in the matter.
- Archaic. to contend for or over.
Origin of debate
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Examples from the Web for debater
Lubetsky explained that students who found Cruz combative may have simply been seeing what made Cruz so successful as a debater.Ted Cruz at Princeton: Creepy, Sometimes Well Liked, and Exactly the Same
August 19, 2013
The debater, thinker, charmer, weaver of luminous sentences, though impressive in their own right, strike me as peripheral.Christopher Hitchens Eulogized by Roya Hakakian
December 16, 2011
And they answered him not a word, for there is no debater like the heart.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
In college Parker had been class orator and a debater of power.The Rainy Day Railroad War
He becomes a chairman, an investigator, a committee man, and a debater.The Arena
The readiness with which he has adopted the air of a debater, shows the man of genius.The Young Duke
As a debater, where close reasoning was essential, he was an acknowledged leader.Hidden Treasures
Harry A. Lewis
- a formal discussion, as in a legislative body, in which opposing arguments are put forward
- discussion or dispute
- the formal presentation and opposition of a specific motion, followed by a vote
- to discuss (a motion), esp in a formal assembly
- to deliberate upon (something)he debated with himself whether to go
Word Origin and History for debater
early 14c., "a quarrel, dispute, disagreement," from Old French debat; see debate (v.). Sense of "a formal dispute, a debating contest" is perhaps from early 15c.