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verb ar·gue \ˈär-(ˌ)gyü\

Simple Definition of argue

  • : to give reasons for or against something : to say or write things in order to change someone's opinion about what is true, what should be done, etc.

  • : to cause (someone) to decide to do or not do something by giving reasons

  • : to disagree or fight by using angry words

Full Definition of argue


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give reasons for or against something :  reason <argue for a new policy>

  3. 2 :  to contend or disagree in words :  dispute <argue about money>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to give evidence of :  indicate <the facts argue his innocence>

  6. 2 :  to consider the pros and cons of :  discuss <argue an issue>

  7. 3 :  to prove or try to prove by giving reasons :  maintain <asking for a chance to argue his case>

  8. 4 :  to persuade by giving reasons :  induce <couldn't argue her out of going>

ar·gu·erplay \-gyə-wər, -gyü-ər\ noun

Examples of argue

  1. She argued against the proposed law.

  2. The senator argued in favor of lowering taxes.

  3. He's always willing to argue for what is right.

  4. She argued that the proposed law should be defeated.

  5. He argued that it's far too early to make a decision.

  6. No one can argue me out of doing this.

  7. They started arguing about politics.

  8. She would argue with anyone.

Origin of argue

Middle English, from Anglo-French arguer to reprove, argue & Latin arguere to demonstrate, prove; Anglo-French arguer, from Latin argutare to prate, frequentative of arguere; akin to Hittite arkuwai- to plead, respond

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of argue

discuss, argue, debate mean to discourse about in order to reach conclusions or to convince. discuss implies a sifting of possibilities especially by presenting considerations pro and con <discussed the need for a new highway>. argue implies the offering of reasons or evidence in support of convictions already held <argued that the project would be too costly>. debate suggests formal or public argument between opposing parties <debated the merits of the amendment>; it may also apply to deliberation with oneself <I'm debating whether I should go>.

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verb ar·gue \ˈär-gyü\

Definition of argue


  1. 1 :  to discuss some matter usually with different points of view <His parents argue about politics.>

  2. 2 :  to give reasons for or against something <The Senator argued in favor of lower taxes.>

  3. 3 :  to persuade by giving reasons <No one can argue me out of doing this.>

  4. 4 :  to disagree or fight using angry words :  quarrel <They argue about everything.>

ar·gu·er noun

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