heat·​ed | \ ˈhē-təd How to pronounce heated (audio) \

Definition of heated

: marked by anger or passion a heated argument

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Other Words from heated

heatedly adverb

Examples of heated in a Sentence

Their conversation quickly became heated. a heated discussion about who should pay for the pizza
Recent Examples on the Web The bill, which has been the subject of heated debate, initially proposed repealing the state’s environmental program protecting wetlands, which would have left more than 80% of the state’s wetlands unprotected. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "More than 100 groups ask Holcomb to veto controversial wetlands bill. He signed it into law.," 29 Apr. 2021 The law and its contents have been a point of heated debate in recent weeks. Tyler Olson, Fox News, "Billboards troll Warnock, Biden, Abrams over All-Star game as poll says public wants companies out of politics," 19 Apr. 2021 The plea from the former President comes amid a heated debate over immigration reform in Congress as the Biden administration grapples with the influx of migrants at the US-Mexico Border. Nicky Robertson And Chandelis Duster, CNN, "Bush calls on Congress to tone down 'harsh rhetoric' about immigration," 18 Apr. 2021 The executive package includes a head-up display and heated rear seats. Laura Burstein, Robb Report, "On the Road: The Audi RS Q8 Commands Attention Without Screaming for It," 16 Apr. 2021 The female-friendly center has a heated, bidet-style toilet seats in the restroom. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "These 10 great truck stops surprise travelers with everything from dog parks to bidets," 12 Apr. 2021 After months of heated debate and controversy, San Francisco’s city schools will finally start reopening for in-person learning today. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Briefing: Windsor mayor's brother joins in calls for his resignation," 12 Apr. 2021 The actual details of the shooting will also become the subject of heated debate, said Christopher Slobogin, a law professor at Vanderbilt University. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Daunte Wright shooting set to reignite debates about policing tactics," 12 Apr. 2021 Simple functions like heated seats and climate control operated via an oversized screen. Morgan Korn, ABC News, "Giant screens, spartan interiors: Electric vehicles go high tech," 11 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of heated

1886, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2021

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“Heated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heated. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heated

: including a system that provides warmth
: marked by excited or angry feelings


heat·​ed | \ ˈhē-təd How to pronounce heated (audio) \

Kids Definition of heated

1 : hot sense 1 heated water
2 : angry heated words

Other Words from heated

heatedly adverb They argued heatedly.

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