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debate on something

to hold a long and disciplined discussion on a particular subject. We can debate on this all night if you think we will settle anything in the end. Are they still debating on the question?
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debate

 (with someone) about something
1. to enter into a long and disciplined discussion on a particular subject with someone. Our team debated with the other team about the chances for world peace. The candidates debate about taxes tomorrow. We will debate with them about health care.
2. . Fig. to argue with someone about something. I do not intend to debate with you about that matter. Tom did not agree to debate about it.
References in classic literature ?
As she was thinking of these things the while she debated the wisdom of uncovering the baby's face, there came a little grunt from the wee bundle in her lap, and then a gurgling coo that set her heart in raptures.
They stood together and debated for a while, then one of them climbed into the tree.
Daylight steadied himself for a moment and debated.
Captain Van Horn debated the while he fondled the puppy in his arms.
He had debated between the Berkeley Free Library and the Oakland Free Library, and decided upon the latter because Ruth lived in Oakland.
Captain Davenport debated for a moment, and then McCoy heard the question he had not wanted to hear, but which he knew was surely coming.
While I pressed her under and debated whether I should give up or not, the Chinese cried for mercy.
Weedon Scott debated with himself for a while, and then said more gently: "You are right, Matt.
I debated with myself whether I should answer their pathetic appeal or not.
The case has been much debated by pursuivants and kings-of-arms.
Public questions were gravely debated and passed upon according to the old forms, while in reality all that was done was to give the stamp of constitutional procedure to the mandates of the Oligarchy.
The Trojans were suspicious of the wooden horse and standing round it debated what they ought to do.
They debated whether the moon was a finished world, or whether it was destined to undergo any further transformation.