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debate

[ dih-beyt ]
/ dɪˈbeɪt /
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noun

verb (used without object), de·bat·ed, de·bat·ing.

verb (used with object), de·bat·ed, de·bat·ing.

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Origin of debate

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English debaten<Old French debatre, equivalent to de-de- + batre to beat <Latin battere, earlier battuere; (noun) Middle English debat<Old French, derivative of debatre

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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

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British Dictionary definitions for debate

debate
/ (dɪˈbeɪt) /

noun

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

verb

to discuss (a motion), esp in a formal assembly
to deliberate upon (something)he debated with himself whether to go

Derived forms of debate

debater, noun

Word Origin for debate

C13: from Old French debatre to discuss, argue, from Latin battuere
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