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English[]

Etymology[]

From Old French debatre (to fight, contend, debate, also literarlly to beat down), from Romanic desbattere, from Latin dis- (apart, in different directions) + battuere (to beat, to fence).

Pronunciation[]

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    (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪt

Noun[]

Singular
Debate

Plural
debates

Debate (debates)

  1. 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.
  2. An informal and spirited but generally civil discussion of opposing views.
    The debate over the age of the universe is thousands of years old.
    There was a bit of a debate over who should pay for the damaged fence.
  3. (uncountable) Discussion of opposing views.
    There has been considerable debate concerning exactly how to format these articles.
  4. (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.

Translations[]

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Verb[]

Infinitive
to Debate

Third person singular
debat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to Debate (third-person singular simple present debat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)

  1. (obsolete) To fight. Template:Defdate
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii:
      Well knew they both his person, sith of late / With him in bloudie armes they rashly did debate.
  2. To participate in a debate; to dispute, argue, especially in a public arena. Template:Defdate

Derived terms[]

  • debater

Related terms[]

Translations[]

External links[]

Anagrams[]

  • abdeet,
  • betaed

Albanian[]

Noun[]

debate mpl

  1. Plural form of debat; debates.

Spanish[]

Noun[]

Debate m. (plural Debates)

Singular
Debate m.

Plural
Debates m.

  1. debate, discussion

Related terms[]

  • debatir

Verb[]

Debate (infinitive debatir)

  1. informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of debatir.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of debatir.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of debatir.

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