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Debate meaning

debate - 9 dictionary results

  1. 1. To engage in combat for; to strive for.
  2. 2. To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against.
  3. 3. To engage in strife or combat; to fight.
  4. 4. A fight or fighting; contest; strife.
  5. 5. Contention in words or arguments; discussion for the purpose of elucidating truth or influencing action; strife in argument; controversy; as, the debates in Parliament or in Congress.
  6. 6. Subject of discussion.
  7. 7. To contend in words; to dispute; hence, to deliberate; to consider; to discuss or examine different arguments in the mind; - often followed by on or upon.
  8. 8. Contention in words; discussion.
  9. 9. To discuss.

debate - examples of usage

  1. The debate was left almost solely to Katharine and Ralph. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. Something must be done at once, and the Council sat in debate upon the serious matter. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
  3. " You know," said Dale, interrupting the conversation, and speaking as though the subject that occupied his own mind was still under debate, " they can't pretend but what I warned them. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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