de·bate / diˈbāt/ • n. a formal discussion on a particular topic in a meeting or assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward. ∎ an argument about a particular subject, esp. one in which many people are involved: the national debate on abortion. • v. [tr.] argue about (a subject), esp. in a formal manner. ∎ consider a possible course of action before reaching a decision: he debated whether he should leave. PHRASES: be open to debate be unproven; require further discussion. under debate being discussed or disputed.DERIVATIVES: de·bat·er n.
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So debate vb. XIV. — (O)F. débattre :- Rom. *desbattere (see DE- 6, BATTERY).
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