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debate

noun [C or U] uk   us   /dɪˈbeɪt/
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.
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debate

verb uk   us   /dɪˈbeɪt/
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. [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.
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debater
noun [C] uk   /dɪˈbeɪ.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
She was a good speaker and an excellent debater.
Translations of “debate”
in Arabic نِقاش, جَدَل, مُناظَرة…
in Korean 토론…
in Malaysian debat…
in French débat…
in Turkish tartışma, müzakere…
in Italian dibattito…
in Chinese (Traditional) 談論,討論, 爭論,辯論…
in Russian дискуссия, спор…
in Polish dyskusja, debata…
in Vietnamese cuộc tranh luận…
in Spanish debate…
in Portuguese debate, discussão…
in Thai การโต้วาที…
in German die Debatte…
in Catalan debat…
in Japanese 議論…
in Indonesian debat…
in Chinese (Simplified) 谈论,讨论, 争论,辩论…
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