ar·​gue ˈär-(ˌ)gyü How to pronounce argue (audio)
argued; arguing

intransitive verb

: to give reasons for or against something : reason
argue for a new policy
: to contend or disagree in words : dispute
They're always arguing about money.

transitive verb

: to give evidence of : indicate
The facts argue his innocence.
: to consider the pros and cons of : discuss
argue an issue
: to prove or try to prove by giving reasons : maintain
asking for a chance to argue his case
: to persuade by giving reasons : induce
couldn't argue her out of going
ˈär-gyə-wər How to pronounce argue (audio)
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of argue was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near argue

Cite this Entry

“Argue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


ar·​gue ˈär-gyü How to pronounce argue (audio)
argued; arguing
: to give reasons for or against
argue in favor of lowering taxes
: to talk about some matter usually with different points of view
argue about politics
: to persuade by giving reasons
tried to argue their parents into getting a new car
arguer noun

Legal Definition


argued; arguing

intransitive verb

: to give reasons for or against a matter in dispute
arguing for an extension
: to present a case in court
will argue for the defense

transitive verb

: to give reasons for or against
argued the issue before the judge
: to prove or try to prove by giving reasons or evidence
will argue invasion of privacy
: to present in court
lawyers in court filing briefs and arguing appealsRorie Sherman
arguable adjective

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