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Meaning of “debate” in the English Dictionary

"debate" in British English

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debatenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /dɪˈbeɪt/
B2 (a) ​seriousdiscussion of a ​subject in which many ​people take ​part: Education is the ​currentfocus of ​public debate. How we ​proceed from here is a ​matter for debate. Over the ​year we have had several debates aboutfuturepolicy.

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debateverb

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 ​carpark. [T] to ​try to make a ​decision about something: [+ question word] We debated whether to take the ​earliertrain. I'm still debating whatcolour 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.
(Definition of debate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"debate" in American English

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debatenoun [C/U]

 us   /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
verb [I/T]  us   /dɪˈbeɪt/
[I] Congress debated for several ​hours without ​reaching a ​vote.
(Definition of debate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “debate”
in Korean 토론…
in Arabic نِقاش, جَدَل, مُناظَرة…
in Malaysian debat…
in French débat…
in Russian дискуссия, спор…
in Chinese (Traditional) 談論,討論, 爭論,辯論…
in Italian dibattito…
in Turkish tartışma, müzakere…
in Polish dyskusja, debata…
in Spanish debate…
in Vietnamese cuộc tranh luận…
in Portuguese debate, discussão…
in Thai การโต้วาที…
in German die Debatte…
in Catalan debat…
in Japanese 議論…
in Chinese (Simplified) 谈论,讨论, 争论,辩论…
in Indonesian debat…
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