Textual thesaurus for "debate"

(noun) argument, argumentation

a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

the argument over foreign aid goes on and on

(noun) public debate, disputation

the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)

(verb) fence, argue, contend

have an argument about something

(verb) deliberate

discuss the pros and cons of an issue

(verb) deliberate, consider, moot, turn over

think about carefully; weigh

They considered the possibility of a strike; Turn the proposal over in your mind