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“… was the debate over the Freedom Tower …”

meanings of debate


  1. An informal and spirited but generally civil discussion of opposing views.
  2. Discussion of opposing views.
  3. An argument, or discussion, usually in an ordered or formal setting, often with more than two people, generally ending with a vote or other decision.
  4. A type of literary composition, taking the form of a discussion or disputation, commonly found in the vernacular medieval poetry of many European countries, as well as in medieval Latin.
  5. Strife, discord.


  1. To engage in combat for; to strive for.
  2. To consider (to oneself), to think over, to attempt to decide.
  3. To participate in a debate; to dispute, argue, especially in a public arena.
  4. To fight.

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