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debate on (something)

To discuss a topic at length. If they're debating on their different political views, this could go on all night.
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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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 (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.
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She said: "We wanted to introduce the BP style of debating primarily for the reason that all the international debates are taking place in this format.
Consider debating in the morning, when Ford is at his best.
If it's a tie, Bush wins merely in being able to match the debating skills of an incumbent vice president,'' Jeffe said.
From my perspective, the goals of the NPDA should be to create parliamentary debating as a form of good public debating.
We are confident, however, that our community will be an attractive alternative to people who really enjoy debating and arguing for sport, as I do.
District Attorney Gil Garcetti and challenger Steve Cooley, debating for the first time in what promises to be a bitter campaign, clashed sharply Friday over politics, policies and prosecutorial vigor.
The issue identifies four distinct types of collegiate debate: policy debate (usually associated with the National Debate Tournament); value debate (usually associated with the Cross Examination Debating Association); parliamentary debate (sometimes called Oxford-style debate); and audience debate.
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Bill Carrick, Garcetti's campaign chief, said the district attorney speaks in public forums almost daily and does not believe debating Cooley or the third candidate, attorney Barry Groveman, would be useful.
2) President Clinton visits with Austrian Chancellor Viktor Klima, while House was debating impeachment.
For whatever reason - lack of passion, strategic miscalculation or oversight in the heat of the moment - he failed to make much of a case for his proposed 15 percent tax cut in debating President Clinton.
As for debating Clinton, Dole cheerfully embraced an underdog's role.