Dictionary Results for debates


1. debate - noun

· a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"

Synonym(s): argument, argumentation

Hypernym(s): discussion, give-and-take, word




2. debate - noun

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

Synonym(s): disputation, public_debate

Hypernym(s): public_speaking, speechmaking, speaking, oral_presentation




3. debate - verb

· argue with one another; "We debated the question of abortion"; "John debated Mary"

Hypernym(s): consider, debate, moot, turn_over, deliberate




4. debate - verb

· think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your mind"

Synonym(s): consider, moot, turn_over, deliberate

Hypernym(s): hash_out, discuss, talk_over




5. debate - verb

· discuss the pros and cons of an issue

Synonym(s): deliberate

Hypernym(s): hash_out, discuss, talk_over




6. debate - verb

· have an argument about something

Synonym(s): argue, contend, fence

Hypernym(s): converse, discourse





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