debate [-s] n
ME debat; see debate, v.
- Disagreement; argument; disputation; fruitless inquiry; (see 2 Corinthians 12:20).
debate [-d, -s] v
OFr debat-re < Rom. batt-ere, fight; see abate, v.
- Argue; discuss; have a conflict; hesitate in the presence of opposition; [fig.] weigh the consequences.
- Hesitate; waver; pause; fluctuate; vacillate; move up and down; go back and forth between two points; [fig.] sink; drop; descend; back away; [word play on “beat”] stir; flutter; move the wings in flight.
- Deliberate; consider; determine; [fig.] weigh; mete; measure.