List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 121

SYNONYMS: discuss, argue, debate, dispute, contend.
These verbs mean to talk with others in an effort to reach agreement, to ascertain truth, or to convince.

Discuss involves close examination of a subject with interchange of opinions: Men are likely to settle a question rightly when they discuss it freely.
Argue emphasizes the presentation of facts and reasons in support of a position opposed by others: There's no arguing with the inevitable.
Debate involves formal, often public argument: The candidates agreed to debate the campaign issues face to face.
Dispute implies differences of opinion and usually sharp argument: members disputing the military budget.
To contend is to strive in debate or controversy: "Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy" (Mao Zedong).

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