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noun debate pronunciation in American English /dɪˈbeɪt/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a discussion in which people or groups state different opinions about a subject
    debate about/on/over: There has been intense debate over the handling of illegal immigrants.
    (a) lively/heated/fierce/intense debate: The proposals provoked a fierce debate.
    be the subject of much/some debate: Her books have been the subject of much debate.
  2. 2
    [countable] a formal discussion that ends with a decision made by voting
    debate about/on something: an emergency debate on the future of the peace talks

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