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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Debate \De*bate"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Debated; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Debating.] [OF. debatre, F. d['e]battre; L. de + batuere
     to beat. See Batter, v. t., and cf. Abate.]
     1. To engage in combat for; to strive for.
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              Volunteers . . . thronged to serve under his banner,
              and the cause of religion was debated with the same
              ardor in Spain as on the plains of Palestine.
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     2. To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to
        maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss;
        to argue for and against.
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              A wise council . . . that did debate this business.
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              Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself. --Prov.
                                                    xxv. 9.
     Syn: To argue; discuss; dispute; controvert. See Argue, and
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Debate \De*bate"\, v. i.
     1. To engage in strife or combat; to fight. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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              Well could he tourney and in lists debate.
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     2. To contend in words; to dispute; hence, to deliberate; to
        consider; to discuss or examine different arguments in the
        mind; -- often followed by on or upon.
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              He presents that great soul debating upon the
              subject of life and death with his intimate friends.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Debate \De*bate"\, n. [F. d['e]bat, fr. d['e]battre. See
     Debate, v. t.]
     1. A fight or fighting; contest; strife. [Archaic]
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              On the day of the Trinity next ensuing was a great
              debate . . . and in that murder there were slain . .
              . fourscore.                          --R. of
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              But question fierce and proud reply
              Gave signal soon of dire debate.      --Sir W.
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     2. Contention in words or arguments; discussion for the
        purpose of elucidating truth or influencing action; strife
        in argument; controversy; as, the debates in Parliament or
        in Congress.
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              Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate. --Pope.
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     3. Subject of discussion. [R.]
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              Statutes and edicts concerning this debate.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against
           some proposition or proposal; "the argument over foreign
           aid goes on and on" [syn: argument, argumentation,
      2: the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the
         opposition to it (usually followed by a vote) [syn: debate,
         disputation, public debate]
      v 1: argue with one another; "We debated the question of
           abortion"; "John debated Mary"
      2: think about carefully; weigh; "They considered the
         possibility of a strike"; "Turn the proposal over in your
         mind" [syn: consider, debate, moot, turn over,
      3: discuss the pros and cons of an issue [syn: debate,
      4: have an argument about something [syn: argue, contend,
         debate, fence]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  234 Moby Thesaurus words for "debate":
     Kilkenny cats, address, after-dinner speech, agitate, air, airing,
     allocution, altercation, analysis, analyze, application, argue,
     argument, argumentation, back down, balance, be abstracted,
     bickering, brood, buzz session, canvass, canvassing,
     cat-and-dog life, chalk talk, chew the cud, cloture, cogitation,
     colloquium, combat, comment upon, committee consideration,
     concentration, conference, conflict, consider, consideration,
     contemplate, contemplation, contend, contention, contentiousness,
     contest, contestation, controversy, controvert, cut and thrust,
     deal with, debating, declaim, declamation, deliberate,
     deliberate upon, deliberation, demagogue, demur, dialectic,
     dialogue, diatribe, digest, discept, discourse about, discuss,
     discussion, disputation, dispute, division, elocute, enmity,
     eulogy, examination, examine, exchange of views, exchange views,
     exhortation, falter, fear, fighting, filibuster, filibustering,
     filing, first reading, forensic, forensic address, formal speech,
     forum, funeral oration, go into, handle, hang back, harangue, heed,
     hem and haw, hesitate, hold forth, hortatory address, hostility,
     hover, hum and haw, inaugural, inaugural address, introduction,
     introspect, invective, investigate, investigation, jeremiad, jib,
     joint discussion, knock around, litigation, logical analysis,
     logical discussion, logomachy, logrolling, meditate, meditation,
     moot, mouth, mull over, muse, open discussion, open forum, orate,
     oration, out-herod Herod, panel discussion, paper war,
     pass under review, pause, pep talk, perorate, peroration, perpend,
     philippic, pitch, play around with, play with, polemic, ponder,
     ponder over, prepared speech, prepared text, public speech,
     pull back, quarrel, quarreling, quarrelsomeness, question,
     rabble-rouse, rant, rap, rap session, read, reading, reason,
     reason about, reason the point, recital, recitation, recite,
     reflect, reflection, refuting, retreat, review, rodomontade,
     roll call, ruminate, ruminate over, sales talk, salutatory,
     salutatory address, say, scrapping, screed, scruple,
     second reading, seminar, set speech, shilly-shally, shy, sift,
     speculate, speech, speechification, speeching, spiel, spout,
     squabbling, steamroller methods, stick at, stickle,
     stop to consider, straddle the fence, strain at, strife, struggle,
     study, symposium, tabling, take up, talk, talk about, talk of,
     talk over, talkathon, think over, think through, think twice about,
     third reading, thrash out, thresh out, tirade, toss, town meeting,
     toy with, treat, treatment, tub-thump, valediction, valedictory,
     valedictory address, ventilate, ventilation, vote, war,
     war of words, warfare, weigh, withdraw, words, wrangle, wrangling,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DEBATE, legislation, practice. A contestation between two or more persons, 
  in which they take different sides of a question, and maintain them, 
  respectively, by facts and arguments; or it is a discussion, in writing, of 
  some contested point. 
       2. The debate should be conducted with fairness, candor and decorum, 
  and supported by facts and arguments founded in reason; when, in addition, 
  it is ornamented by learning, and decorated by the powers of rhetoric, it 
  becomes eloquent and persuasive. It is essential that the power of debate 
  should be free, in order to an energetic discharge of his duty by the 
       3. The Constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 6, provides, that 
  for any speech or debate, in either house, the senators and representatives 
  shall not be questioned in any other place. 
       4. It is a rule of the common law, that counsel may, in, the discharge 
  of professional duty, use strong epithets, however derogatory to the 
  character of the opponent, or his attorney, or other agent or witness, in 
  commenting on the facts of the case, if pertinent to the cause, and stated 
  in his instructions, without any liability to any action for the supposed 
  slander, whether the thing stated were true or false. 1 B. & Ald. 232; 3 
  Dow's R. 273, 277, 279; 7 Bing. R. 459; S. C. 20 E. C. L. R. 198. 
  Respectable and sensible counsel, however, will always refrain from the 
  indulgence of any unjust severity, both on their own personal account, and 
  because browbeating a witness, or other person, will injuriously affect 
  their case in the eyes of a respectable court and jury. 3 Chit. Pr. 887, 8. 

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