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English noun: debate

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

SamplesThe argument over foreign aid goes on and on.

Synonymsargument, argumentation

Broader (hypernym)discussion, give-and-take, word

Narrower (hyponym)logomachy

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

Synonymsdisputation, public debate

Broader (hypernym)oral presentation, public speaking, speaking, speechmaking

English verb: debate

1. debate (cognition) argue with one another

SamplesWe debated the question of abortion.
John debated Mary.

ExamplesSam and Sue debate, Sam cannot debate Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)consider, debate, deliberate, moot, turn over

2. debate (communication) think about carefully; weigh

SamplesThey considered the possibility of a strike.
Turn the proposal over in your mind.

ExamplesThey debate moving

Synonymsconsider, deliberate, moot, turn over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)discuss, hash out, talk over

Narrower (hyponym)debate, premeditate, see, think twice, wrestle

Verb groupconsider, study

3. debate (communication) discuss the pros and cons of an issue

ExamplesSam and Sue debate, The cool air does debate good


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)discuss, hash out, talk over

Narrower (hyponym)vex

4. debate (communication) have an argument about something

Synonymsargue, contend, fence

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)converse, discourse

Narrower (hyponym)altercate, argufy, bicker, brabble, dispute, niggle, oppose, pettifog, quarrel, quibble, scrap, spar, squabble, stickle

Entaildiffer, disagree, dissent, take issue

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