Debate

Definition of Debate

De`bate´
v. t.1.To engage in combat for; to strive for.
[imp. & p. p. Debated; p. pr. & vb. n. Debating.]
Volunteers . . . thronged to serve under his banner, and the cause of religion was debated with the same ardor in Spain as on the plains of Palestine.
- Prescott.
2.To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against.
A wise council . . . that did debate this business.
- Shak.
Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself.
- Prov. xxv. 9.
v. i.1.To engage in strife or combat; to fight.
Well could he tourney and in lists debate.
- Spenser.
2.To contend in words; to dispute; hence, to deliberate; to consider; to discuss or examine different arguments in the mind; - often followed by on or upon.
He presents that great soul debating upon the subject of life and death with his intimate friends.
- Tatler.
n.1.A fight or fighting; contest; strife.
On the day of the Trinity next ensuing was a great debate . . . and in that murder there were slain . . . fourscore.
- R. of Gloucester.
But question fierce and proud reply
Gave signal soon of dire debate.
- Sir W. Scott.
2.Contention in words or arguments; discussion for the purpose of elucidating truth or influencing action; strife in argument; controversy; as, the debates in Parliament or in Congress.
Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate.
- Pope.
3.Subject of discussion.
Statutes and edicts concerning this debate.
- Milton.

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