Hypertext Webster Gateway: "debated"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Debate \De*bate"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Debated}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Debating}.] [OF. debatre, F. d['e]battre; L. de + batuere
to beat. See {Batter}, v. t., and cf. {Abate}.]
1. To engage in combat for; to strive for.

Volunteers . . . thronged to serve under his banner,
and the cause of religion was debated with the same
ardor in Spain as on the plains of Palestine.

2. To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to
maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss;
to argue for and against.

A wise council . . . that did debate this business.

Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself. --Prov.
xxv. 9.

Syn: To argue; discuss; dispute; controvert. See {Argue}, and

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