Debate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈbeɪt|  American pronunciation of the word debate
Brit.  |dɪˈbeɪt|  British pronunciation of the word debate


- a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal (syn: argument, argumentation)
- the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote) (syn: disputation)


- argue with one another
- think about carefully; weigh (syn: consider, deliberate, moot)
- discuss the pros and cons of an issue (syn: deliberate)
- have an argument about something (syn: argue, contend, fence)


The candidates participated in several debates before the election was held.

The meaning of the text has been the subject of considerable debate among scholars for many years.

Scholars have been debating the meaning of the text for years.

Whether or not the tax cuts benefit the lower classes is still hotly debated among economists.

The energy bill is currently being debated in Congress.

The President debated his challenger in front of a live audience on Tuesday.

The students debated for an hour.

There has been a lot of debate among scholars about this.

This question is still hotly debated.

I debated with myself whether I should tell her the truth.

I'm still debating what to do.

The new drug has become the subject of heated debate within the medical profession.

There has been widespread public debate over the introduction of genetically modified food.

There was much lively debate about whether women should spend more time in the home.

A fierce debate raged over which artist's work should be chosen for the prize.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: debate
he/she/it: debates
present participle: debating
past tense: debated
past participle: debated
singular: debate
plural: debates
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