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Debate appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Debate geese we see get a bed.
  • No, we wet a bed as a debate we won.
  • "Emir, get a bed!" I say as I debate grime.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun debate:

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Debate is sometimes a misspelling of debit.

The word debate and its family (debatable, debated, debates, debating) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun debate

What does debate mean as a name of something?

Debate is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: debates

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

Alternative definition of the noun debate

noun

  1. [obsolete] Strife, discord.
  2. 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.
  3. An informal and spirited but generally civil discussion of opposing views.
  4. [uncountable] Discussion of opposing views.
  5. (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.

Definition of the verb debate

What does debate mean as a doing word?

Debate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: debated | debating | debates

  1. argue with one another
    • examples: We debated the question of abortion | John debated Mary | Sam and Sue debate | Sam cannot debate Sue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Actor - being, plural] [Verb]The populace fought
      [Actor 1 - being] and [Actor 2] [Verb]Brenda and Molly fought
      [Actor 1 - being] [Verb] [Actor 2]Anne fought Cathy
      [Actor 1 - being] [Verb] with [Actor 2]Brenda fought with Molly

      Verbs of Social Interaction (with the same syntax): battle, box, fight.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic terms: consider / deliberate / moot / turn over = think about carefully
  2. think about carefully; weigh
  3. discuss the pros and cons of an issue
    • examples: Sam and Sue debate | The cool air does debate good
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of debate: deliberate
    • more generic terms: discuss / hash out / talk over = speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail
    • more specific word: vex = subject to prolonged examination, discussion, or deliberation
  4. have an argument about something
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb]They agreedVerbs of Social Interaction: argue
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] [Theme, wh-complement clause]We agreed whether he should come
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] [Theme, what-extraction]We agreed what he should do
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] [Theme, what-infinitive clause]We agreed what to do
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] [Theme, whether-infinitive clause]We debated whether to clean the house
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, possessive with -ing]They agreed about his coming
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, wh-complement clause]They agreed about whether he should go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, what-extraction]They agreed about what should be done
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, what-infinitive clause]They agreed about what to do
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, whether-infinitive clause]They agreed about whether to go
      [Actor - being or organization, plural] [Verb] about [Theme, not sentential clause]They agreed about it
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] [Theme, how-extraction]They agreed with her how it should be done
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]They agreed with her how to do it
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Theme, wh-complement clause]They agreed with him about whether he should kill the peasants
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Theme, what-extraction]They agreed with him about what he should do
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Theme, what-infinitive clause]They agreed with him about what to do
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Theme, whether-infinitive clause]They agreed with him about whether to go
      [Actor 1 - being or organization] [Verb] with [Actor 2] about [Theme, not sentential clause]They agreed with him about it
      [Actor - being, plural] [Verb]The populace foughtVerbs of Social Interaction: battle, box, fight
      [Actor 1 - being] and [Actor 2] [Verb]Brenda and Molly fought
      [Actor 1 - being] [Verb] [Actor 2]Anne fought Cathy
      [Actor 1 - being] [Verb] with [Actor 2]Brenda fought with Molly
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of debate: argue / contend / fence
    • more generic words: converse / discourse = carry on a conversation
    • more specific words:
    • entailment: differ / disagree / dissent / take issue = be of different opinions

Alternative definition of the verb debate

verb

  1. [obsolete] To fight. [definition 14th-17th c.]
  2. To participate in a debate; to dispute, argue, especially in a public arena. [definition from 14th c.]

Business

Debate is a publisher.

Miscellanea

  1. Debate is contention in argument; dispute, controversy; discussion; especially the discussion of questions of public interest in Parliament or in any assembly.
    • also known as 辯論
  2. Debate or discussion in parliamentary procedure refers to discussion on the merits of a pending question; that is, whether it should or not be agreed to. Robert's Rules of Order notes that "Debate, rightly understood, is an essential element in the making of rational decisions of consequence by intelligent people." Indeed, one of the distinguishing characteristics of a deliberative assembly is that "It is a group of people, having or assuming freedom to act in concert, meeting to determine, in full and free discussion, courses of action to be taken in the name of the entire group.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Debate

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Google previewCongressional Record, V. 150, Pt. 5, March 30, 2004 to April 19, 2004

A vote against stopping debate is a vote against tax relief for America's beleaguered manufacturing sector — tax relief that goes beyond nullifying this European tax. A vote against stopping debate is a vote to prolong the pain across America.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy: K-Z (2003)

by Jack Rabin

Sustainable development debate North/south Nature/people Global/local Market/ civil society/state Right/left Hard/soft Fig. 2 Structural analysis of the sustainable development debate. (From Ref. [3].) Iryna Illiash Rutgers, The State University of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Tariffs and Trade in U.S. History: Debating the issues : selected primary documents (2003)

by Cynthia Clark Northrup, Elaine C. Prange Turney

Gore-Perot Debate over the Ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement After winning the election of 1992, Democratic President William Jefferson Clinton decided to support the ratification of NAFTA. Independent Party candidate ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Sociology (2014)

by John Scott

qualitative versus quantitative debate A *methodological issue in sociology with arguments for and against a distinction between qualitative and quantitative studies. The debate arises from a more deeply rooted distinction drawn between ...

Google previewThe People's Dictionary and Every-day Encyclopedia (1883)

Comprising All the Information Needed Upon Any Subject in Daily Use : a Hand-book for Everybody for Each Day in the Year

The presiding officer may take the floor in the committee, and take part in the debate. The Committee of the Whole cannot conclude any business, and cannot adjourn. When it has completed the discussion of a bill, or is ready to cease for that ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods (2017)

by Mike Allen

Debate and forensics are academic activities in which participants compete against each other in a chosen event that...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Tariffs and Trade in U.S. History: The encyclopedia (2003)

by Cynthia Clark Northrup, Elaine C. Prange Turney

SPECIFIC DUTIES During the nineteenth century, debate over the use of ad valorem or specific duties spurred controversy between manufacturers and importers of finished products. Traditionally, Congress based tariff rates on an ad valorem ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (2004)

by Douglas A. Foster

Rice, A Debate Between Rev. A. Campbell and Rev. N. L. Rice on the Action, Subject, Design and Administrator of Christian ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Welfare State (2014)

by Bent Greve

Thus, there is now a serious debate about what kind of welfare state is best and how it should be managed, in a more balanced manner. This deliberation pits those in favor of greater coverage and easier access against those insisting on ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Stuart England, 1603-1689 (1996)

by Ronald H. Fritze, William B. Robison

After some debate, the grievances were sent back to committee to sort out those based on old law and set aside for later consideration those that required new legislation or involved new interpretations of existing laws. There was considerable ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Medieval Russia (2001)

by Lawrence N. Langer

Yet historians debate the character of Kievan civilization. There is much controversy over the role of Scandinavian warriors and settlers, Jewish Khazars living in the southern Volga, and Slavic and Finno-Ugrian tribes in early Kievan history.

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Usage statistics about debate

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun debate:

debateargument

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb debate:

deliberatefencemootcontenddebateargueconsider

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Quotes about Debate

Most of the debate over the cultures of death and life is about process. The debate focuses on the technology available to determine how we prolong life and how and when we end it. (Suzanne Fields)
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Scrabble value of D2E1B3A1T1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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