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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Debating \De*bat"ing\, noun The act of discussing or arguing; discussion.

{Debating society} or {Debating club}, a society or club for the purpose of debate and improvement in extemporaneous speaking.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Debate \De*bate"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Debated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Debating}.] [OF. debatre, F. d['e]battre; L. de + batuere to beat. See {Batter}, verb (used with an object), and cf. {Abate}.]

1. To engage in combat for; to strive for.

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. --Prescott.

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.

A wise council . . . that did debate this business. --Shak.

Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself. --Prov. xxv. 9.

Syn: To argue; discuss; dispute; controvert. See {Argue}, and {Discuss}.


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