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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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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.
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The third research question asked whether any strategy produced higher levels of perceived debater effectiveness than remaining silent.
Aside from the spectacular speed at which debaters speak, it's this emphasis on evidence that distinguishes formal policy debate from moderated political debates, to say nothing of what passes for debate on Sunday morning talk shows.
Now we've asked three of the nation's top high school debaters to have at them.
It was a tough competition to be a part of especially since some of the best debaters from KP were there.
Years later, Lockmiller reflected that he learned "as much and probably more" from being a debater and member of the literary society than from required college courses (Lockmiller, 1998).
Yuan Ordenes is ranked 44th in Challenge Literature out of approximately 1,100 senior division contestants, out of whom Matthew Mercado is also ranked 67th best Champion Scholar, 46th best writer, and 129th Champion Debater and his team (Mercado, Pastoral, Blanco) is the 27th top debate team and 42nd top writing team as well.
The debaters were given 15 minutes to prepare for each topic, before delivering five-minute speeches against their opponents.
Tuesday's meeting involves three different formats: questioning by moderator Bernard Ponsonby, cross–examination by the debaters themselves, and questions from the 350–member audience.
Topics are worded as statements, and in each round one debater is assigned to debate the "affirmative" (defend the truth/validity of the statement) while the other debater is assigned to debate the "negative.
This type of debate is a strong blow to old politics," said debater Indrit Sefa.
MOSCOW -- An argument in southern Russia over philosopher Immanuel Kant, the author of ''Critique of Pure Reason,'' devolved into pure mayhem when one debater shot the other.
UDLs deploy various media formats, such as Twitter, Facebook, and movies about debate such as The Great Debater starring Denzel Washington, to help attract new members into the UDL community.
Arwa Elsanosi Mohamed, the president of the Georgetown Debate Club and a seasoned debater in her third-year at SFS-Q, expressed her appreciation of the tournament's well-organised structure and relevant and interesting motions.
According to the New York Post, he also called Romney a good debater and gave him credit for 'dispatching Newt Gingrich', who Woodhouse considers a pretty good debater.
I also assign a formal paper to be completed independently by each student debater.