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1‘I would welcome a debate on the reforms’
discussion, exchange of views, discourse, parley
argument, dispute, wrangle, altercation, war of words
arguing, argumentation, wrangling, sparring, disputation, dissension, disagreement, controversy, contention, conflict, disharmony
dialogue, comment, interest
informal confab, powwow, rap session
rare velitation, contestation
1‘MPs will debate the future of the railways’
discuss, confer about, talk over, talk through, talk about, exchange views on, exchange views about, thrash out, argue, argue about, argue the pros and cons of, dispute, wrangle over, bandy words concerning, contend over, contest, controvert, moot
informal kick about, kick around, bat about, bat around
2‘he debated whether to telephone Charlotte’
consider, give some thought to, think over, think about, chew over, mull over, turn over in one's mind, weigh up, ponder, deliberate, reflect, contemplate, muse, meditate, cogitate
archaic pore on
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