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verb [intransitive/transitive] debate pronunciation in British English /dɪˈbeɪt/
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present tense
present participledebating
past tensedebated
past participledebated
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  1. 1
    if people debate a subject, they discuss it formally before making a decision, usually by voting
    Parliament is still debating the bill.
    hotly debated (=with very strong opposing opinions): This is one of the most hotly debated issues today.
    debate whether: The two sides debated whether to raise taxes.
  2. 2
    to consider an action or situation carefully before you decide what to do
    I debated whether or not to call her parents.
    debate what: He stopped and debated what to do next.
    debate with yourself: I was debating with myself whether I should stay or go.
    debate doing something: She debated leaving without saying anything but decided against it.

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