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Definition of debate:

  1. A fight or fighting; contest; strife.
  2. 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.
  3. Subject of discussion.
  4. To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against.
  5. 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.
  6. To engage in combat for; to strive for.
  7. To engage in strife or combat; to fight.

Synonyms:

make out, flip over, words, turn over, line of reasoning, compete, controversy, match, affirm, literary argument, wall, fence, regard, disceptation, take, count, disagreement, tump over, conceive, reckon, deal, line, dig, argue, polemic, clash, postulate, forensics, grapple, argumentation, contention, struggle, fence in, pass on, bicker, reach, believe, contest, moot, view, argument, flip, repugn, conflict, hassle, disputation, polemics, word, tiff, contend, deliberate, confer, indicate, overturn, deliberation, surround, cut into, see, consider, tilt, get by, tip over, tangle, bowl over, roll, vie, hand, dialectic, turn, arguing, knock over, manage, Forensics, statement, wrangle, cope, difficulty, quarrel, parameter, public debate, altercation, palisade, run-in, give, pass, fight, look at, logical argument, rhubarb, squabble, spat, make do, contestation, upset.

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