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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.


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