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Debate, vb. 1) to combat: “but for loss of Nestor's golden words, it seemed they would d. with angry swords,” Lucr. 1421. Transitively, == to combat about, to decide by combat: “nature and sickness d. it at their leisure,” All's I, 2, 75. “two thousand souls and twenty thousand ducats will not d. the question of this straw,” Hml. IV, 4, 26.
2) to contend in words, to dispute: “idle words, d. where leisure serves with dull debaters,” Lucr. 1019. “in --ing which was best,” Err. III, 1, 67.
3) to speak about, to discuss; a) trans.: “I will d. this matter at more leisure,” Err. IV, 1, 100. “who accused her upon the error that you heard --d,” Ado V, 4, 3. “a wise council that did d. this business,” H8 II, 4, 52. H8 II, 4, 52 Tit. V, 3, 20. Ant. II, 2, 20. Followed by a clause: “--ing to and fro how France and Frenchmen might be kept in awe,” H6B I, 1, 91. H6C IV, 7, 51. H6C IV, 7, 51 “where wasteful time --th with decay, to change your day of youth to sullied night,” Sonn. 15, 11. -- b) intr.: “hear him d. of commonwealth affairs,” H5 I, 1, 41. “your several suits have been considered and --d on,” H6A V, 1, 35.
4) to consider: “in his inward mind he doth d. what following sorrow may on this arise,” Lucr. 185. “--ing, die!” Lucr. 185 “I have --d, even in my soul, what wrong, what shame, what sorrow I shall breed,” Lucr. 185 “I am --ing of my present store,” Merch. I, 3, 54 (cf. Of). “I and my bosom must d. awhile,” H5 IV, 1, 31. “my state stands on me to defend, not to d.” Lr. V, 1, 69.
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