(noun, verb)


1. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

Similar word(s): argument, argumentation

Definition categories: communication, discussion, word

2. the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)

Similar word(s): disputation

Definition categories: communication, speaking, speechmaking

Sentences with debate as a noun:

- After a four-hour debate, the committee voted to table the motion.

- The debate over the age of the universe is thousands of years old.

- There was a bit of a debate over who should pay for the damaged fence.

- There has been considerable debate concerning exactly how to format these articles.


1. argue with one another

- We debated the question of abortion

- John debated Mary

Definition categories: cognition, consider, debate, deliberate, moot

2. think about carefully; weigh

Similar word(s): consider, deliberate, moot

Definition categories: communication, discuss

3. discuss the pros and cons of an issue

Similar word(s): deliberate

Definition categories: communication, discuss

4. have an argument about something

Similar word(s): argue, contend, fence

Definition categories: communication, converse, discourse