debate verb definition in Parliament topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

debate

 verb: Parliament topic
[transitive, intransitive] to discuss something, especially formally, before making a decision or finding a solution debate (something) Politicians will be debating the bill later this week. The question of the origin of the universe is still hotly debated (= strongly argued about) by scientists. debate whether, what, etc… The committee will debate whether to lower the age of club membership to 16.