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What does debate mean?
A debate is a public discussion of a common topic or question between people on both sides of an issue, as in Voters were disappointed that there were no debates between the candidates.
A debate is also a formal contest in which the debaters speak on opposite sides of a topic.
Every debate is an argument but not every argument is a debate. While debates are competitive, both sides are attempting to persuade the other and the audience, not insult, hurt, or reprimand the other.
To debate means to engage in such discussions, as in The senate spent all night debating these weighty issues.
To debate also means to deliberate or weigh the pros and cons of a decision one has to make.
Example: I debated going on the trip, but I decided it was best for my mental health to stay home.
Where does debate come from?
The first records of the term debate come from the 1200s. It ultimately comes from the Latin battre, meaning “to beat.”
Debates are popular forms of entertainment, especially debates between candidates for major political offices. The point of a debate is not supposed to be entertainment but knowledge. The point of debating something is to exchange different perspectives on a topic to determine which is correct or the best choice. Although debates should be about knowledge, logic, and passion, they are just as often about emotions.
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What are some other forms related to debate?
- debatable (adjective)
- debater (noun)
- debatingly (adverb)
- outdebate (verb)
- undebated (adjective)
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How is debate used in real life?
Debate is normally used to describe a specific conversation, either public or private.
Settle this debate NOW 👇🏽 and tell me why 🧐
— Patrick van Aanholt (@pvanaanholt) September 9, 2020
I woke up at 2am….
I debated if twitter wants to hear from me at such hour..
Who might indeed be awake now and wanting to read my tweet???
To all of you awake people right now or soon to be awake, this tweet is dedicated to you.
— chadi nabhan MD, MBA, FACP (@chadinabhan) September 10, 2020
House Democrats hope to begin debate as soon as Wednesday on a roughly $2 trillion proposal to overhaul the country’s health care, education, climate, immigration and tax laws, aiming to adopt the sweeping measure by the end of the week https://t.co/sRggB4dX5V
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 16, 2021
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What are other ways to say debate?
To debate is to engage in argument or discussion, as in a legislative or public assembly. How does debate compare to discuss and argue? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
How to use debate in a sentence
I haven’t been doing mock debates very much, but I’ve been just making sure that I understand all that he has said and hasn’t said.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
Something that involved public debate and public contribution.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state|Anthony Green|September 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
All the while the debate about whether or not you need E-A-T for ranking rages on.Google ranking factors to change search in 2021: Core Web Vitals, E-A-T, or AMP?|Aleh Barysevich|September 16, 2020|Search Engine Watch
From my view at least, there hasn’t been much of a public debate about it, which reflects the way Italy has handled the pandemic from the start.A flurry of M&A deals lifts global stocks. Yes, even tech stocks|Bernhard Warner|September 14, 2020|Fortune
There’s still debate as to whether such policies conflict with the 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty.NASA will pay for moon rocks excavated by private companies|Neel Patel|September 10, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Throughout the fifties, in city after city, fluoridation became the subject of fierce debate.
Bush busy engaging constituents on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate ahead of the 2004 presidential election.
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
On the 13th of February the Stamp Act bill was introduced and read for the first time, without debate.The Eve of the Revolution|Carl Becker
The Cuban debts and the future of the Philippines were really the knotty points in the entire debate.
Congress met, and during the debate on the momentous question—peace or war—the hitherto compact group of intransigents weakened.
He had not started the journey brashly, on impulse, but after debate and discussion with Mandy, his wife.Scattergood Baines|Clarence Budington Kelland
The decree of accusation was proposed, and carried, without debate, beneath the poniards of uncounted thousands of assassins.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott