debate

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debate


Debate is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

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Singular
debate

Plural
debates

A debate in government
  1. (countable & uncountable) A debate is an exchange of ideas looking at different sides of an issue.
    We will explore this idea through an analysis of the public debate on marriage and divorce.
    The government's spending programme is the subject of much heated debate.

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Plain form
debate

Third-person singular
debates

Past tense
debated

Past participle
debated

Present participle
debating

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you debate something, you consider its positive and negative points, often by talking with other people in a formal situation such as government.
    The AHA had in fact been debating the issue of the future of the hospital for some years.
    Few subjects are more hotly debated in curriculum committees.

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