verb (used without object), de·bat·ed, de·bat·ing.
verb (used with object), de·bat·ed, de·bat·ing.
Origin of debate
Examples from the Web for debate
The debate over who really pulled off the Sony hack, then, could continue indefinitely.
And it must make sure that the platform of debate where we can freely exchange ideas is safe and sound.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They already know the answer, but they know by feigning ignorance they can create all this debate about it.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire|William O’Connor|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They are already infinitely more qualified to have that debate than we are.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
During a debate, the candidates were asked about the islands.
The Times, referring to the debate on the Irish Church, remarked that the viceroyalty was more and more 'a mere ornament.'The Land-War In Ireland (1870)|James Godkin
The Unionists leaders, however, whom we can absolutely trust, have decided that abstention from debate would be an error.A Leap in the Dark|A.V. Dicey
They saw that a Bill had practically been thrown to the House to be moulded into shape by debate.Lord Randolph Churchill|Winston Spencer Churchill
This debate over Pickering's list, as I say, still continues.The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
The debate resulted in the adoption of the declaration by a vote of one hundred and forty-one against twenty-three.
Word Origin for debate
late 14c., "to quarrel, dispute," also "discuss, deliberate upon the pros and cons of," from Old French debatre (13c., Modern French débattre), originally "to fight," from de- "down, completely" (see de-) + batre "to beat" (see battery). Related: Debated; debating.
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.