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debate

verb     /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.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     /dɪˈbeɪ.tər/ US  /-t̬ɚ/ noun [C] She was a good speaker and an excellent debater.Speakers and talkers
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