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Debate


a discussion between people in which they express different opinions about something

A debate can be an organized event, an informal discussion between two or more people, or a general discussion that involves many people.

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The candidates participated in several debates before the election was held.

Our polite chat about politics slowly turned into a heated debate.
 [=argument]

At the center/core/heart of the debate  [=controversy] is the question of responsibility.

— often + on, about, or over

The university is hosting a debate on gun control.

current debates on/about the value of public schools

The town held a debate over what to do about the recent traffic problems.

The court decision sparked a raging/furious debate over property rights.


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The meaning of the text has been the subject of considerable/intense/lively debate among scholars for many years.

What topics will be under debate?  [=debated]

— often + on, about, or over

There was much debate on/about/over whether the new program was worth the cost.

There's little debate
  [=controversy]  about the health benefits of moderate exercise.

The book traces centuries of debate over the origins of language.

If something is a matter of debate or open to debate, people have different ideas and opinions about it.

Whether or not the tax cuts benefit the poor is still a matter of debate.  [=debatable]

The accuracy of the report is open to debate.


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