- An argument, or discussion, usually in an ordered or formal setting, often with more than two people, generally ending with a vote or other decision.
"After a four-hour debate, the committee voted to table the motion."
- (uncountable) Discussion of opposing views.
"There has been considerable debate concerning exactly how to format these articles."
- (obsolete) Strife, discord.
- An informal and spirited but generally civil discussion of opposing views.
"There was a bit of a debate over who should pay for the damaged fence."
- (Frequently in French form débat) A type of literary composition, taking the form of a discussion or disputation, commonly found in the vernacular medieval poetry of many European countries, as well as in medieval Latin.
"The debate over the age of the universe is thousands of years old."
- (obsolete, transitive) To engage in combat for; to strive for.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To fight. [14th-17th c.]
- (transitive, intransitive) To participate in a debate; to dispute, argue, especially in a public arena. [from 14th c.]
- (transitive) To consider (to oneself), to think over, to attempt to decide