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 debated
Ever since it was created in 1965, politicians and researchers have studied and debated its effectiveness.
When Citizens United was debated before the Supreme Court, 56 percent of those surveyed agreed that money is speech.
Few guys are mentioned, and even then, their inclusion in this club is debated.
The benefits and dangers of MDMA have long been debated (it was made illegal in Britain in 1977 and in the U.S. in 1985).The Week in Death: Alexander Shulgrin, Who Synthesized the Drug Ecstasy|The Telegraph|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I debated one of these types from the Second Amendment Foundation on NPR recently regarding the CDC.
For hours he debated with himself but could arrive at no conclusion.Who?|Elizabeth Kent
But there is where affliction overtook me; they debated its authorship.The Cavalier|George Washington Cable
For a time they debated between themselves where they should go, and what do.Our Young Folks, Vol 1, No. 1|Various
He debated with himself for a while, seeming, like a diver, to be preparing himself for the plunge.When God Laughs and Other Stories|Jack London
Claude wondered very much what she would do, debated the question with himself.The Way of Ambition|Robert Hichens
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.
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.