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 Protesters picketed outside The Times; there were heated debates among the paper’s (male) leaders; and at least one person suggested that the paper’s leadership consult with language experts. New York Times, "Examining the Meaning of ‘Mrs.’," 15 May 2020 The concession came after several days of heated debate, including France finance chief Bruno Le Maire cornering Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin late Saturday as the G-20 economic leaders dined, according to two people familiar with the matter. Toru Fujioka, Bloomberg.com, "G-20 Finance Chiefs Go on Alert With Global Growth at Risk," 10 May 2020 Newsom’s squabbles with local officials over their abilities to determine what is safest for their respective communities have spiraled into more heated debates over the governor’s use of his executive powers to protect public health. Los Angeles Times, "Facing protests, Newsom says easing stay-at-home rules could be ‘days’ away," 2 May 2020 The heated debate over how and when states should reopen continues as many stay-at-home orders expire today, while others are issuing new ones. NBC News, "A different May Day, Biden denies sexual assault allegations and Queen releases "You Are The Champions"," 1 May 2020 And lately, their front pages have been a window into the heated debate over when to reopen the economy. David Meyer, Fortune, "Business leaders want nothing of the reopening debate," 27 Apr. 2020 On a 5-0 vote, the commission’s executive committee approved the Texas General Land Office’s request for a permit that provides an option to use DNA testing, which has been the subject of heated debate at the historic mission and battle site. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Alamo burials to be exhumed to help save historic church in downtown San Antonio," 26 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, Biden on Tuesday got into a heated exchange with a man on the subject of guns at Fiat Chrysler's Mack Assembly which is under construction in Detroit. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Joe Biden wins Michigan Democratic primary," 11 Mar. 2020 The piece sparked some heated exchanges on #ClimateTwitter, particularly given that other climate models are running hotter than expected, showing that the world could get warmer, sooner. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "We’re Debating Climate Predictions While Rome Burns," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of heated

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of heated was in 1886

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22 May 2020

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“Heated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heated. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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