de|bate1 W2S1 [dıˈbeıt] n
1.) [U and C]
discussion of a particular subject that often continues for a long time and in which people express different opinions
the gun-control debate in the US
The new drug has become the subject of heated debate within the medical profession.
debate over/about
There has been widespread public debate over the introduction of genetically modified food.
There was much lively debate about whether women should spend more time in the home.
A fierce debate raged over which artist's work should be chosen for the prize.
debate between
the ongoing debate between environmentalists and the road-building lobby over the future of our countryside
Nuclear power has always been a topic that has sparked off considerable debate .
2.) [U and C]
a formal discussion of a particular problem, subject etc in which people express different opinions, and sometimes vote on them
debate on/over/about
a debate on legalized gambling
a televised debate
have/hold/conduct a debate
It would have been better to hold the debate during the day.
be under debate
What topics are under debate in Congress this week?
3.) be open to debate also be a matter for debate
if an idea is open to debate, no one has proved yet whether it is true or false
Whether that would have made any difference is open to debate.
COLLOCATES for sense 1
heated/fierce/intense debate (=one in which people express strong and very different opinions)
widespread debate
lively debate
public debate
a debate rages (=it happens over a period of time and people have strong feelings about it)
long-running debate
ongoing debate (=continuing debate)
provoke/trigger/spark off a debate (=cause a debate)
debate 2
debate2 v [I and T]
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: debatre, from batre 'to hit']
1.) to discuss a subject formally when you are trying to make a decision or find a solution
The issue will be debated on Tuesday.
debate whether/what/how etc
Meanwhile, philosophers debate whether it's right to clone an individual.
debate (sth) with sb
an invitation to debate with William on the future of democracy
His conclusions are hotly debated (=argued about strongly) .
2.) to consider something carefully before making a decision
debate with yourself
I debated with myself whether I should tell anyone.
debate who/what/how etc
I'm still debating what to do.
debate doing sth
For a moment Mary debated telling Rick the truth.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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