debate collocations and examples

 UK /dɪˈbeɪt/

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a discussion offering different opinions about a subject

Adjectives frequently used with debate
in which people get angry and excited: fierce, heated, intense, lively, vigorousThese proposals have been the subject of heated debate over the past few months.happening now or over a period of time: contemporary, continuing, current, ongoingDespite the ongoing debate surrounding climate change, the UK government is committed to its obligations under the Kyoto Agreement.dealing with a variety of subjects: broader, wider, wide-rangingWe regard the extension of user choice as part of a wider debate about how we can modernize public services.involving a lot of people: national, open, publicWhat to do next becomes an urgent question of public debate.with good arguments: informed, rational, reasonedWe think it is essential that there is a full and informed debate about these issues in the country before the necessary decision is taken.involving a lot of discussion: considerable, endlessHere we have a truly independent woman film-maker whose films are open to endless debate and interpretation.involving a particular way of thinking or subject: academic, critical, intellectual, philosophical, political, scholarly, scientific, theological, theoreticalThere is now considerable political debate within Germany about whether there should be a national minimum wage.real or serious: genuine, proper, seriousThe time has come for a proper debate on the issue.
Verbs frequently used with debate
start a debate or help it to develop: encourage, fuel, generate, initiate, promote, prompt, provoke, spark, start, stimulateThe conference aims to stimulate debate about economic regeneration of the region.influence a debate: influence, inform, shapeScientists have a major role to play in informing the debate on developing and exploiting new technologies.take part in a debate: contribute to, engage in, enter, enter into, join, join inDo you only engage in debate with those who have the same opinions as you?make a debate less limited: widenWe feel it is important that the energy debate is widened beyond the limited scope of security of pleased that a debate is taking place: welcomeThe debate is greatly welcomed and signals the strength of public concern about this issue.stop a debate from developing: stifleThere is a small band of people who want to stifle informed debate.have a debate: haveHe is looking forward to having a wide-ranging debate on the issue.
Verbs that frequently follow debate
take place or continue: continue, ensue, rage, take placeDebate has raged on the suitability of this type of news for children ever concerned with something: centre around something, centre on something, focus on somethingDebate centred on the potential conflict between the use of the grounds as public spaces and the need for privacy and security.
Nouns + of frequently used before debate
subjectThe connection between his philosophy and his politics has long been a subject of debate among scholars.

Usage note

You can also say that something is a matter for debate. If something is not certain because it is possible for people to have different opinions about it, you can say that it is open to debate: Whether or not this is poetry is open to debate.

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