—n. 1. a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints: a debate in the Senate on farm price supports. 2. a formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers.
3. deliberation; consideration.
4. Archaic.strife; contention.
—v.i. 1. to engage in argument or discussion, as in a legislative or public assembly: When we left, the men were still debating. 2. to participate in a formal debate.
3. to deliberate; consider: I debated with myself whether to tell them the truth or not. 4. Obs.to fight; quarrel.
—v.t. 1. to argue or discuss (a question, issue, or the like), as in a legislative or public assembly: They debated the matter of free will. 2. to dispute or disagree about: The homeowners debated the value of a road on the island. 3. to engage in formal argumentation or disputation with (another person, group, etc.): Jones will debate Smith. Harvard will debate Princeton. 4. to deliberate upon; consider: He debated his decision in the matter. 5. Archaic.to contend for or over.