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 : to give reasons for or against something : reason <argue for a new policy>
2 : to contend or disagree in words : dispute <argue about money>
1 : to give evidence of : indicate <the facts argue his innocence>
2 : to consider the pros and cons of : discuss <argue an issue>
3 : to prove or try to prove by giving reasons : maintain <asking for a chance to argue his case>
4 : to persuade by giving reasons : induce <couldn't argue her out of going>
Examples of argue in a sentence
She argued against the proposed law.
The senator argued in favor of lowering taxes.
He's always willing to argue for what is right.
She argued that the proposed law should be defeated.
He argued that it's far too early to make a decision.
No one can argue me out of doing this.
They started arguing about politics.
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
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Definition of argue for Students
1 : to discuss some matter usually with different points of view <His parents argue about politics.>
2 : to give reasons for or against something <The Senator argued in favor of lower taxes.>
3 : to persuade by giving reasons <No one can argue me out of doing this.>
4 : to disagree or fight using angry words : quarrel <They argue about everything.>
Legal Definition of argue
1 : to give reasons for or against a matter in dispute <arguing for an extension>
2 : to present a case in court <will argue for the defense>
1 a : to give reasons for or against <argued the issue before the judge> b : to prove or try to prove by giving reasons or evidence <will argue invasion of privacy>
2 : to present in court <lawyers in court filing briefs and arguing appeals — Rorie Sherman>
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