Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “debate”


noun [C/U]    /dɪˈbeɪt/
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    /dɪˈbeɪt/ verb [I/T] [I] Congress debated for several hours without reaching a vote.
(Definition of debate noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of debate

Definitions of “debate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

limber up

to do gentle exercises to stretch the muscles in order to prepare the body for more active physical exercise

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More