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v. de·bat·ed, de·bat·ing, de·bates
1. To consider something; deliberate.
2. To engage in argument by discussing opposing points.
3. To engage in a formal discussion or argument. See Synonyms at discuss.
4. Obsolete To fight or quarrel.
1. To deliberate on; consider.
2. To dispute or argue about.
3. To discuss or argue (a question, for example) formally.
4. Obsolete To fight or argue for or over.
1. A discussion involving opposing points; an argument.
2. Deliberation; consideration: passed the motion with little debate.
3. A formal contest of argumentation in which two opposing teams defend and attack a given proposition.
4. Obsolete Conflict; strife.

[Middle English debaten, from Old French debatre : de-, de- + battre, to beat; see batter1.]

de·bate′ment n.
de·bat′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.debater - someone who engages in debatedebater - someone who engages in debate  
controversialist, disputant, eristic - a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
devil's advocate - someone who takes the worse side just for the sake of argument
confuter, disprover, rebutter, refuter - a debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument
wrangler - someone who argues noisily or angrily
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[dɪˈbeɪtəʳ] Npolemista mf
he was a brilliant debaterbrillaba en los debates
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nDebattierer(in) m(f)
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Abelard, a man of splendid talents, and ranking as the first debater of his time, became timid, irresolute, and distrustful of his powers.
If you had done with Cuffy what you ought to have done when he first came into Parliament, and had prevented him from going over to Duffy, you would have got him into alliance with Fuffy, you would have had with you the weight attaching as a smart debater to Guffy, you would have brought to bear upon the elections the wealth of Huffy, you would have got in for three counties Juffy, Kuffy, and Luffy, and you would have strengthened your administration by the official knowledge and the business habits of Muffy.
Each of the speakers expresses himself imperfectly; no one of them hears much that another says, such is the preoccupation of mind of each; and the audience, who have only to hear and not to speak, judge very wisely and superiorly how wrongheaded and unskilful is each of the debaters to his own affair.
The recoil of the butt into the pit of the man's stomach had not been the most sanguinary result, for the charge of shot, at a distance of a yard, had blown the head of one of the debaters into nothingness.
The three other debaters were Asia's Best Debater 2018 Ahmad Syarifuddin Ahmad Fakhir, student of Kolej Yayasan United Engineers Malaysia (UEM) Kishen Sivabalan, and a fourth former of Sekolah Seri Puteri Cyberjaya Atiyah Khairuddin.
IBM Corp.'s Project Debater faced off in public for the first time Monday, taking on a crack two-person team of humans, which included the 2016 Israeli national debate champion.
Kennedy is also a debater who has competed and won many laurels at various platforms worldwide, including the Harvard University.
"As a former student debater myself, I am delighted that the Great Debate is giving young people in Pakistan a chance to talk about the big issues that matter for the future of this country: prosperity, democracy and peace," said Acting British High Commissioner Richard Crowder.
IBM has developed an artificial intelligence project called "Project Debater" that serves as an example of how artificial intelligence can quickly evaluate large quantities of data for insights that humans might now be able to see.
One of the biggest challenges for Maddie was coming to a consensus with the other judges as to the merits of each of the debater's speeches.
Finally, prizes and trophies were given to the winner 2018, the first runner up, the best male debater and the best female debater.