Meaning of “debate” - Learner’s Dictionary

debate

verb uk us /dɪˈbeɪt/
DISCUSS [ I, T ]

to discuss a subject in a formal way:

These issues need to be debated openly.
DECIDE [ T ]

to try to make a decision about something:

[ + question word ] I'm still debating whether to go out tonight or not.

(Definition of “debate verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)