What is Debate ?
Debate is (noun) 1. a discussion After his talk the professor had a lively debate with the students. There has been some debate among experts about whether global warming is really taking place. 2. a formal discussion ending with a vote a debate on increasing student fees (verb) 1. to consider or discuss a subject 2. to discuss something carefully before coming to a decision We sat in the rain and debated what to do next.
source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level