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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These factors, the Bank of Canada has argued, requires the economy to rely less on consumer spending and more on business investment to lift growth. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada Unveils Tax Incentives to Offset Trump Effect," 21 Nov. 2018 The Center for Election Science has argued that approval voting is better than most other voting systems at electing a candidate who would beat all other candidates in a head-to-head match, if there is such a candidate. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "This city just approved a new election system never tried before in America," 15 Nov. 2018 But if that were the case, argues physicist James Pinfold, surely other spurious, and likely explainable, detections would have occurred over the years. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 The court has ruled that colleges and universities can use affirmative action to help minority students get into school, but conservatives over the years have argued that these programs hurt the chances of white and Asian-American applicants. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Trump administration is breaking from Obama-era affirmative action policies," 2 Oct. 2018 Arkin has long argued for regulation rather than prohibition of LAWs. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Is Backing Killer Robots," 14 Sep. 2018 Indeed, it has been argued that sexist dress codes — which seem to run rampant — negatively impact all students. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "A Texas School District Is Reevaluating Its Dress Code After a Male Student Was Suspended for Wearing Makeup," 14 Sep. 2018 But four years ago, Amendment 1—a proposal that, some have argued, purposefully used confusing language—passed, nullifying this constitutional right. Beca Grimm, Marie Claire, "Getting an Abortion Can Be Lonely. These People Will Hold Your Hand.," 11 Sep. 2018 All while arguing over whether this overtourism problem facing islands, cities, and entire countries around the world will ever have a perfect solution. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Overtourism Stories You Haven't Heard: Travelogue Podcast," 27 Oct. 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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