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debate

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1 a careful weighing of the reasons for or against something
  • After much debate, I decided to get the chocolate ice cream.
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2 variance of opinion on a matter
  • There was a great deal of debate over the need for cutting costs by eliminating some programs.
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3 an exchange of views for the purpose of exploring a subject or deciding an issue
  • There was no debate over the expenditures before the vote.
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debate

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1 to give serious and careful thought to
  • still debating what to do
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Phrases Synonymous with debate

beat one's brains out (about), chew on, cudgel one's brains (about), look at

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2 to talk about (an issue) usually from various points of view and for the purpose of arriving at a decision or opinion
  • We debated the advantages versus the disadvantages of the proposed waterfront development.
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Synonym Discussion of debate

discuss, argue, debate mean to discourse about in order to reach conclusions or to convince. discuss implies a sifting of possibilities especially by presenting considerations pro and con.
    • discussed the need for a new highway
argue implies the offering of reasons or evidence in support of convictions already held.
    • argued that the project would be too costly
debate suggests formal or public argument between opposing parties
    • debated the merits of the amendment
; it may also apply to deliberation with oneself.
    • I'm debating whether I should go


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