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de·bate  audio  (d-bt) KEY 

VERB:
de·bat·ed, de·bat·ing, de·bates
VERB:
intr.
  1. To consider something; deliberate.
  2. To engage in argument by discussing opposing points.
  3. To engage in a formal discussion or argument. See Synonyms at discuss.
  4. Obsolete To fight or quarrel.
VERB:
tr.
  1. To deliberate on; consider.
  2. To dispute or argue about.
  3. To discuss or argue (a question, for example) formally.
  4. Obsolete To fight or argue for or over.
NOUN:
  1. A discussion involving opposing points; an argument.
  2. Deliberation; consideration: passed the motion with little debate.
  3. A formal contest of argumentation in which two opposing teams defend and attack a given proposition.
  4. Obsolete Conflict; strife.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English debaten, from Old French debatre : de-, de- + battre, to beat ; see batter1

OTHER FORMS:
de·batement(Noun), de·bater(Noun)


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