What is another word for debate?

Synonyms for debate

This thesaurus page includes all potential synonyms, words with the same meaning and similar terms for the word debate.

English Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms4.0 / 4 votes

  1. debate

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

    yield, concede, surrender, admit, allow

Princeton's WordNet2.9 / 10 votes

  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

Matched Categories

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Words3.0 / 1 vote

  1. debatenoun

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

  2. debateverb

    argue, discuss, moot, contend, controvert

How to pronounce debate?

How to say debate in sign language?

Words popularity by usage frequency


How to use debate in a sentence?

  1. Bob Trout:

    When I heard about the search warrant for Senator Burr's cell phone, my first thought was' speech or debate clause,' in the case of the FBI's Saturday night raid on Congressman Jefferson's office in the Rayburn House Office Building, Rayburn House had the look and feel of an invasion of Congressional sacred space. And on a bipartisan basis, Congress raised holy hell. Showing up at a Senator's personal residence and politely taking possession of a cell phone ? Not the same vibe.

  2. Lila Rose:

    I think it’s telling that it played on emotions of both sides [of the debate]. I think everybody, deep down, is uncomfortable with abortion.

  3. Ashley Parker:

    The big issue here is that traditionally the commission does not negotiate with the parties. They negotiate with the candidates, another interesting open question is if you read the tea leaves a little bit … They want all the Republican candidates to pledge to no more debates. You can see a world in which, if the candidate is not Donald Trump … a Republican candidate who thinks they really could do well against Biden, think debates are strength, wanting that debate. So it’s not totally monolithic even within the party necessarily.

  4. Monica Crowley:

    [Reagan] ran on three major core themes: cutting taxes, reducing the size of government and defeating the communists, no matter what question he got in any debate, he found a way to bring it back to those three themes.

  5. Donald Trump:

    It's one thing to be like a very tough guy -- we're all tough people -- but you've got to be able to get along a little bit with people. You can't be so strident, he can debate, but he can't talk.

Translations for debate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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

Get even more translations for debate »


Find a translation for the debate synonym in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)


Use the citation below to add these synonyms to your bibliography:


"debate." Synonyms.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 2 Mar. 2024. <https://www.synonyms.com/synonym/debate>.

Discuss these debate synonyms with the community:


    Are we missing a good synonym for debate?

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant synonyms for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Synonyms.com


    Are you a human thesaurus?

    Which of the following is a synonym of the word Grunt?
    • A. Frown
    • B. Praise
    • C. Shout
    • D. Growl

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for debate: