Debate De*bate", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Debated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Debating}.] [OF. debatre, F. d['e]battre; L. de + batuere to beat. See {Batter}, v. t., and cf. {Abate}.] 1. To engage in combat for; to strive for. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

A wise council . . . that did debate this business. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself. --Prov. xxv. 9.

Syn: To argue; discuss; dispute; controvert. See {Argue}, and {Discuss}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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