a debate: a discussion, an argument, a talk, a conversation
We're holding a debate tonight between the two presidential candidates, so that the voters can hear their policy ideas.
The decision is still being debated, but we hope to reach a conclusion before sunrise.
to debate: to discuss, to question, to dispute, to consider
I am not debating whether he is a good person or not: I know that he is!
a debater: a person who is skilled in arguing for a cause publicly
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