ar·gue | \ˈär-(ˌ)gyü \
argued; arguing

Definition of argue 

intransitive verb

1 : to give reasons for or against something : reason argue for a new policy

2 : to contend or disagree in words : dispute They're always arguing about money.

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from argue

arguer \-gyə-wər, -gyü-ər \ noun

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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

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.
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Supporters of dividing California argue the nation's most populous state has become ungovernable because of its size, wealth disparities and geographic diversity. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "'Cal 3' backer urges court to dismiss lawsuit opposing California break-up plan," 14 July 2018 Some argue that the Under-21 or Under-23 leagues also offer a competitive environment that youth players need in order to develop., "England's World Cup Success Demonstrates the Importance of the Loan System to Player Development," 12 July 2018 Opponents, however, argue the law is a mess, driving up costs as insurers flee from marketplaces. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: 'ACA' removed from swaths of website, watchdog reports," 12 July 2018 Some argue that this catastrophe, known now as the Holodomor, wasn't a bureaucratic failure but a sinister success—an act of genocide designed to wreck Ukrainian hopes for independence. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The new Holodomor drama Sickle isn't sharp enough to draw much blood," 12 July 2018 Many couples argue about how much is too much to spend on a purchase, for example, or what amount of debt is palatable. Brianna Mcgurran, The Seattle Times, "How to fight about money and stay madly in love," 10 July 2018 Democrats argue that Trump’s nominee will tilt the court to the right because retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy was considered a swing vote. NBC News, "Key senators already facing a campaign-like blitz on Kavanaugh confirmation fight," 10 July 2018 Advocates argue that companies such as Nestlé have a long history of making misleading nutritional claims about milk substitutes and donating the substitutes to hospitals in developing countries. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US puts fierce squeeze on breastfeeding policy, shocking health officials," 9 July 2018 His defenders argue that tests on certain pieces of evidence have been unreliable and may reveal tampering., "'They framed me': On death row for decades, Kevin Cooper pushes for new DNA tests in Chino Hills murders," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of argue

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners 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


ar·gue | \ˈär-gyü \
argued; arguing

Kids Definition of argue

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.

Other Words from argue

arguer noun


argued; arguing

Legal Definition of argue 

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

1a : 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

Other Words from argue

arguable adjective

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