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DEBATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does debate mean? 

DEBATE (noun)
  The noun DEBATE has 2 senses:

1. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
2. the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote)

  Familiarity information: DEBATE used as a noun is rare.


DEBATE (verb)
  The verb DEBATE has 4 senses:

1. argue with one another
2. think about carefully; weigh
3. discuss the pros and cons of an issue
4. have an argument about something

  Familiarity information: DEBATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEBATE (noun)


Sense 1debate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

argumentation; debate; argument

Context example:

the argument over foreign aid goes on and on

Hypernyms ("debate" is a kind of...):

discussion; give-and-take; word (an exchange of views on some topic)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "debate"):

logomachy (argument about words or the meaning of words)


Sense 2debate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

disputation; public debate; debate

Hypernyms ("debate" is a kind of...):

oral presentation; public speaking; speaking; speechmaking (delivering an address to a public audience)


DEBATE (verb)


Sense 1debate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Argue with one another

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context examples:

We debated the question of abortion / John debated Mary

Hypernyms (to "debate" is one way to...):

consider; debate; deliberate; moot; turn over (think about carefully; weigh)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue debate
Sam cannot debate Sue


Sense 2debate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Think about carefully; weigh

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

deliberate; moot; debate; consider; turn over

Context examples:

They considered the possibility of a strike / Turn the proposal over in your mind

Hypernyms (to "debate" is one way to...):

discuss; hash out; talk over (speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "debate"):

see (deliberate or decide)

premeditate (consider, ponder, or plan (an action) beforehand)

debate (argue with one another)

wrestle (engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate)

think twice (consider and reconsider carefully)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something PP
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They debate moving


Sense 3debate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Discuss the pros and cons of an issue

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

deliberate; debate

Hypernyms (to "debate" is one way to...):

discuss; hash out; talk over (speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "debate"):

vex (subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue debate
The cool air does debate good


Sense 4debate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have an argument about something

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

argue; contend; debate; fence

Hypernyms (to "debate" is one way to...):

converse; discourse (carry on a conversation)

"Debate" entails doing...:

differ; disagree; dissent; take issue (be of different opinions)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "debate"):

stickle (dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points))

spar (fight verbally)

bicker; brabble; niggle; pettifog; quibble; squabble (argue over petty things)

altercate; argufy; dispute; quarrel; scrap (have a disagreement over something)

oppose (be against; express opposition to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


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