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noun: debate; plural noun: debates
a formal discussion on a particular matter in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward and which usually ends with a vote.
"last night's debate on the Education Bill"
discussion, exchange of views, discourse, parley; More
argument, dispute, wrangle, altercation, war of words;
arguing, argumentation, wrangling, sparring, disputation, dissension, disagreement, controversy, contention, conflict, disharmony;
dialogue, comment, interest;
informalconfab, powwow, rap session;
"I would welcome a debate on the reforms"
an argument about a particular subject, especially one in which many people are involved.
"the national debate on abortion"
verb: debate; 3rd person present: debates; past tense: debated; past participle: debated; gerund or present participle: debating
argue about (a subject), especially in a formal manner.
"MPs debated the issue in the Commons"
discuss, confer about, talk over, talk through, talk about, exchange views on, exchange views about, thrash out, argue, argue about, argue the pros and cons of, dispute, wrangle over, bandy words concerning, contend over, contest, controvert, moot