argue

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

Essential Meaning of argue

1 : 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. She argued against the proposed law. The senator argued in favor of lowering taxes. See More ExamplesThey argued (convincingly/persuasively) against cutting the budget. He's always willing to argue for what is right. argue for better funding She argued that the proposed law should be defeated. He argued that it's far too early to make a decision.Hide
2 : to cause (someone) to decide to do or not do something by giving reasons They tried to argue their parents into getting a new car. [=to persuade their parents to get a new car] No one can argue me out of doing this.
3 : to disagree or fight by using angry words : quarrel Their neighbors argued (with each other) all the time. They started arguing about/over politics/religion. She would argue with anyone.

Full 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

Other Words from argue

arguer \ ˈär-​gyə-​wər How to pronounce argue (audio) , -​gyü-​ər \ noun

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

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web And their latest request to extend a court filing deadline, federal prosecutors argue, is unwarranted and could unnecessarily delay the trial again. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 6 Jan. 2022 Other experts argue that case counts still have value. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 5 Jan. 2022 Other experts argue that case counts still have value. Carla K. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Jan. 2022 Lawyers in case filings argue that Maryland’s delays in issuing benefits violate federal law and the U.S. Constitution. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 Lawyers for Trump argue that the committee exceeded its authority and that its document requests are too broad and cover sensitive and privileged records that are not pertinent to a valid legislative purpose. Tierney Sneed And Katelyn Polantz, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 But defense lawyers argue that certain courtroom outcomes might be very different if juries knew when an officer giving testimony was known to be guilty of bias, or worse. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Armed with those caveats, Mr. Trump’s lawyers would most likely argue that no one, let alone sophisticated lenders, should have taken his valuations at face value. New York Times, 14 Dec. 2021 The defense lawyers argue that the average criminal trial in the D.C. District Court has a life of about a year. CBS News, 7 Dec. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'argue.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Learn More About argue

Time Traveler for argue

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near argue

arguably

argue

argue away

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for argue

Last Updated

12 Jan 2022

Cite this Entry

“Argue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/argue. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for argue

argue

verb
ar·​gue | \ ˈär-gyü How to pronounce argue (audio) \
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

argue

verb
ar·​gue
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

More from Merriam-Webster on argue

Nglish: Translation of argue for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of argue for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!