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English definition of “debate”

debate

noun [C/U]  /dɪˈbeɪt/ us  
English a discussion, esp. one in which several people with different opinions about something discuss them seriously, or the process of discussing something: [U] Education is always a topic of interest and public debate.
debate
verb [I/T]  /dɪˈbeɪt/ us  
[I] Congress debated for several hours without reaching a vote.
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