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debate is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of debate in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… 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.

debate frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word debate occurs in english on average 37.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics debate can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that debate can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

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