Another word for debate
argue, discuss, confute, refute, controvert, oppose, question, contend, contest, reason, wrangle, answer, ponder, weigh, differ, dispute, engage in oral discussion, argue the pros and cons of, hold a confab*, jaw*, chew the fat*, cross verbal swords*, moot*, bandy*; see also argue 1, discuss.
Another word for debateverb
To put forth reasons for or against something, often excitedly:argue, contend, dispute, moot. See affirm, words
A discussion, often heated, in which a difference of opinion is expressed:altercation, argument, bicker, clash, contention, controversy, difficulty, disagreement, dispute, fight, polemic, quarrel, run-in, spat, squabble, tiff, word (used in plural), wrangle. (Informal) hassle, rhubarb, tangle. See conflict
The presentation of an argument or arguments:argumentation, disputation, forensics. See affirm, words