verb (used without object), de·bat·ed, de·bat·ing.
verb (used with object), de·bat·ed, de·bat·ing.
Origin of debate
Synonyms for debate
Related Words for debatedeliberation, contest, argument, controversy, match, dispute, consider, bicker, deliberate, question, wrangle, oppose, answer, argumentation, dialectic, contention, agitation, polemic, tiff, hassle
Examples from the Web for debate
Contemporary Examples of debate
The debate over who really pulled off the Sony hack, then, could continue indefinitely.Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
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
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
January 6, 2015
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
January 3, 2015
During a debate, the candidates were asked about the islands.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
Historical Examples of debate
The supremacy of the nation and its laws should be no longer a subject of debate.
But let it—if it must be Lovelace or Solmes, the choice cannot admit of debate.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He was quite aware of his own ascendency in counsel and his supremacy in debate.
The debate began April 12th, and continued for eight nights.
I see that they are already forming to continue this debate with us.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin for debate
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.