[ US /dəˈbeɪt/ ]
[ UK /dɪbˈe‍ɪt/ ]
  1. discuss the pros and cons of an issue
  2. argue with one another
    John debated Mary
    We debated the question of abortion
  3. think about carefully; weigh
    Turn the proposal over in your mind
    They considered the possibility of a strike
  4. have an argument about something
  1. the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
  2. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
    the argument over foreign aid goes on and on
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How To Use debate In A Sentence

  • Two more debates are scheduled in the coming weeks, one debate dealing with education and health will be held in Irbid next week and the final week before elections the southern city of Karak will witness a candidates debate on agriculture and development. Daoud Kuttab: Jordanian Candidate Uses Debate to Call for Curtailing King's Powers
  • There will always be debate about who deserves honours, all of it highly subjective.
  • There is much debate on the issue of "therapists" implanting false memories of sexual abuse in adults.
  • But a surge in thefts of treasured relics from ancient temples and monuments has reached such a level that an agonised debate has begun over bringing back the death penalty.
  • The term "strategic" came up again earlier this year, when Ontario's provincial government set up a committee to debate a proposed merger between London Stock Exchange Group PLC and TMX Group Inc., operator of Canada's flagship Toronto Stock Exchange. Canada Turns Wary Eye to Foreign Bids
  • How, then, can we force a change in the media systems that dominate the discourse and misinform the debate?
  • The most important thing is to consider television and radio broadcast needs and any other issues that address coverage of the debate.
  • And when they espied the duke’s daughter, that was a full fair woman, then by their false covin they made debate betwixt themself, and the duke of his goodness would have departed them, and there they slew him and his eldest son. Chapter XV. The Thirteenth Book. How Sir Galahad Fought with the Knights of the Castle, and Destroyed the Wicked Custom
  • What’s not up for debate is that solifugids are just plain cool. Smithsonian Mag
  • He is fond of pointing out how esoteric this debate is to the wider public.
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