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Definition 1: the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote) - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for debate in the sense of this definition

(debate is a kind of ...) delivering an address to a public audience

"people came to see the candidates and hear the speechmaking"

Definition 2: a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where debate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the argument over foreign aid goes on and on

Synonyms for debate in the sense of this definition

(debate is a kind of ...) an exchange of views on some topic

"we had a good discussion" "we had a word or two about it"

(... is a kind of debate ) argument about words or the meaning of words

Definition 3: argue with one another - [verb of cognition]

Samples where debate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We debated the question of abortion
  • John debated Mary

(debate is a kind of ...) think about carefully; weigh

"They considered the possibility of a strike" "Turn the proposal over in your mind"

Definition 4: discuss the pros and cons of an issue - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for debate in the sense of this definition

(debate is a kind of ...) speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

"We discussed our household budget"

(... is a kind of debate ) subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation

"vex the subject of the death penalty"

Definition 5: have an argument about something - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for debate in the sense of this definition

(debate is a kind of ...) carry on a conversation

(... is a kind of debate ) dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)

(... is a kind of debate ) fight verbally

"They were sparring all night"

(... is a kind of debate ) argue over petty things

"Let's not quibble over pennies"

(... is a kind of debate ) have a disagreement over something

"We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America" "These two fellows are always scrapping over something"

(... is a kind of debate ) be against; express opposition to

"We oppose the ban on abortion"

(debate implies ...) be of different opinions

"I beg to differ!" "She disagrees with her husband on many questions"

Definition 6: think about carefully; weigh - [verb of communication]

Samples where debate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They considered the possibility of a strike
  • Turn the proposal over in your mind

Synonyms for debate in the sense of this definition

(debate is a kind of ...) speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

"We discussed our household budget"

(... is a kind of debate ) deliberate or decide

"See whether you can come tomorrow" "let's see--which movie should we see tonight?"

(... is a kind of debate ) consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand

"premeditated murder"

(... is a kind of debate ) argue with one another

"We debated the question of abortion" "John debated Mary"

(... is a kind of debate ) engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate

"I wrestled with this decision for years"

(... is a kind of debate ) consider and reconsider carefully

"Think twice before you have a child"

(debate has a similar meaning as ...) give careful consideration to

"consider the possibility of moving"

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