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debate

noun [C or U] uk   /dɪˈbeɪt/ us  
B2 (a) serious discussion of a subject in which many people take part: Education is the current focus of public debate. How we proceed from here is a matter for debate. Over the year we have had several debates about future policy.Debate and discussion

debate

verb uk   /dɪˈbeɪt/ us  
C2 [I or T] to discuss a subject in a formal way: In Parliament today, MPs debated the Finance Bill. They had been debating for several hours without reaching a conclusion. [+ question word] The authorities debated whether to build a new car park.Debate and discussion [T] to try to make a decision about something: [+ question word] We debated whether to take the earlier train. I'm still debating what colour to paint the walls.Thinking and contemplating
debater
noun [C] uk   /dɪˈbeɪ.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
She was a good speaker and an excellent debater.Speakers and talkers
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