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 debater
Lubetsky explained that students who found Cruz combative may have simply been seeing what made Cruz so successful as a debater.Ted Cruz at Princeton: Creepy, Sometimes Well Liked, and Exactly the Same|Patricia Murphy|August 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The debater, thinker, charmer, weaver of luminous sentences, though impressive in their own right, strike me as peripheral.
His power consisted in his personal influence, and as a debater rather than as an orator.
As he had told Elizabeth months before, he always knew his limitations as a debater.Mrs. Darrell|Foxcroft Davis
Some of Mr Browne's arguments were, for a trained speaker and debater, amazingly feeble.Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)|Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
But he was by nature an orator, and by long practice a debater.The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln|Francis Fisher Browne
No position gives a debater in the House of Commons such a vantage ground for securing attention.Studies in Contemporary Biography|James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
British Dictionary definitions for debater
Word Origin for debate
Word Origin and History for debater (1 of 2)
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.