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noun (n)

  • a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote) (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • A fight or fighting; contest; strife. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • argue with one another (verb.cognition)
    We debated the question of abortion.
    John debated Mary.
    source: wordnet30
  • think about carefully; weigh (verb.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • discuss the pros and cons of an issue (verb.communication)
    Synonym: deliberate
    source: wordnet30
  • have an argument about something (verb.communication)
    Synonym: argue, contend, fence
    source: wordnet30
  • To engage in combat for; to strive for. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To engage in strife or combat; to fight. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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