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Synonyms for debate

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. debate

    An individual considers, meditates, ponders, reflects, by himself; he weighs a matter in his own mind, and is sometimes said even to debate with himself. Consult and confer always imply two or more persons, as does debate, unless expressly limited as above. Confer suggests the interchange of counsel, advice, or information; consult indicates almost exclusively the receiving of it. A man confers with his associates about a new investment; he consults his physician about his health; he may confer with him on matters of general interest. He consults a dictionary, but does not confer with it. Deliberate, which can be applied to a single individual, is also the word for a great number, while consult is ordinarily limited to a few; a committee consults; an assembly deliberates. Deliberating always carries the idea of slowness; consulting is compatible with haste; we can speak of a hasty consultation, not of a hasty deliberation. Debate implies opposing views; deliberate, simply a gathering and balancing of all facts and reasons. We consider or deliberate with a view to action, while meditation may be quite purposeless.

    confer, consider, consult, deliberate, meditate, ponder, reflect, weigh

    We deliberate on or upon, also about or concerning a matter: the first two are preferable.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. debate

    contend, dispute, argue, moot, controvert, contest, wrangle, discuss, deliberate, question, ventilate

    yield, concede, surrender, admit, allow

Princeton's WordNet

  1. argument, argumentation, debatenoun

    a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

    "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"

    disceptation, logical argument, argumentation, contention, argument, tilt, controversy, disputation, line, contestation, arguing, statement, literary argument, line of reasoning, public debate, parameter

  2. debate, disputation, public debateverb

    the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)

    contestation, controversy, public debate, disceptation, disputation, tilt, contention, argument, arguing, argumentation

  3. debateverb

    argue with one another

    "We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary"

    deliberate, consider, moot, fence, argue, contend, turn over

  4. consider, debate, moot, turn over, deliberateverb

    think about carefully; weigh

    "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"

    turn, reckon, dig, flip, pass on, weigh, view, fence, reach, take, roll, study, see, deal, tump over, moot, think, contend, conceive, give, deliberate, overturn, bowl over, delve, pass, tip over, count, upset, believe, flip over, turn over, regard, argue, consider, knock over, look at, hand, cut into

  5. debate, deliberateverb

    discuss the pros and cons of an issue

    consider, fence, moot, argue, turn over, deliberate, contend

  6. argue, contend, debate, fenceverb

    have an argument about something

    fence, fight, palisade, make do, indicate, consider, turn over, vie, deliberate, deal, postulate, manage, compete, struggle, argue, wall, repugn, grapple, reason, surround, contend, cope, make out, moot, fence in, get by, contest

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. debatenoun

    disputation, controversy

  2. debatenoun

    altercation, contest, contention, dispute, logomachy, strife of words, war of words

  3. debateverb

    discuss, argue, dispute, contest, canvass

  4. debateverb

    argue, dispute, deliberate, hold an argument

  5. debateverb

    (Rare.) fight, contend, struggle

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. debatenoun

    discussion, argument, moot, dispute, controversy, disputation, forensic

  2. debateverb

    argue, discuss, moot, contend, controvert

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How to use debate in a sentence?

  1. Martin Schulz:

    The debate over corporate spending will increase, especially in Europe, where there is more of an attempt to balance both government and the private sector, with QE, the average voter thinks they are going to get all this free money ... There's the expectation that corporations are going to reinvest cash. The political pressure will grow.

  2. Alexander Vindman:

    It is natural to disagree and engage in spirited debate, this has been the custom of our country since the time of our Founding Fathers, but we are better than personal attacks.

  3. Reince Priebus:

    It is exciting that Republicans will have such a large bench of candidates to choose from, and the sanctioned debate process ensures voters will have a chance to gain a chance to hear from them.

  4. Cruz Trump:

    I think some people were disappointed that I didn't go into the debate.

  5. John Boehner:

    Ask anyone in the Capitol - Republican, Democrat, or otherwise -- about Michael Steel, and they will tell you the same thing: he is a pro's pro, for more than seven years, I have relied on his ability to dissect an issue, win a debate, and deal openly and honestly with the press.

Translations for debate

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  • مناظرة, نقاش, مناقشةArabic
  • дискутирам, дискусия, разискване, дебатирам, дебатиBulgarian
  • debatovatCzech
  • debattieren, DebatteGerman
  • συζητώ, αντιπαράθεση, αντιπαραθέτω, συζήτηση, διάλογος, συνεξετάζω, δίβατονGreek
  • debatir, debateSpanish
  • debatti, väitellä, väittelyFinnish
  • débat, débattre, discussionFrench
  • connsaich, connsachadhScottish Gaelic
  • चर्चा करना, बिबाद, वाद विवाद, वाद - विवाद करना, वाद-विवाद, वाद - विवाद, बहस, बहस करनाHindi
  • բանավիճել, բանավեճ, քննարկում, վեճArmenian
  • debatarIdo
  • dibattimento, dibattito, dibattereItalian
  • 議論, 討論Japanese
  • пікірталасKazakh
  • 토론Korean
  • disputō, disputātiōLatin
  • taupatupatuMāori
  • debatteren, discussie, meningsverschil, bespreking, bespreken, debat, uitpratenDutch
  • debattNorwegian
  • debataPolish
  • discussão, debater, debatePortuguese
  • discuție, dezbatere, polemică, controversăRomanian
  • дебат, спорить, дебаты, дискуссия, спор, полемика, обсуждать, дискутироватьRussian
  • debatAlbanian
  • meningsutbyte, debatt, diskussion, debatteraSwedish
  • mdahaloSwahili
  • వ్యాసం రచన పోటీ, ప్రత్యేక చర్చ, చర్చించుకొను, వాదించుకొను, చర్చలలో పాల్గొను, వాదించు, చర్చలు, వ్యాసరచన పోటీ, విమర్శించుTelugu
  • müzakere, münazara, tartışmak, tartışmaTurkish
  • tranh luậnVietnamese
  • 辯論Chinese

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