argue

verb
ar·​gue | \ ˈär-(ˌ)gyü How to pronounce argue (audio) \
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 How to pronounce arguer (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.
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The state has appealed the decision, arguing the agreements are necessary for the health and safety of patients. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services denies Planned Parenthood abortion license," 16 Aug. 2019 Airbnb now has more than 6 million listings in 100,000 cities in 191 countries, a footprint the company argues creates billions of dollars in economic impact. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Airbnb bets big on business travelers," 13 Aug. 2019 Kristen Edmonds gave away a penalty in the 83rd minute, which was argued by multiple Orlando players. Luis Torres, Pro Soccer USA, "Marta, Julie King sent off as the Orlando Pride lose to Houston Dash," 11 Aug. 2019 Abby made a big comeback earlier this year with an entirely new team of dancers and, some may argue, a new attitude. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "When Will ‘Dance Moms’ Season 9 Air? Here's Everything We Know So Far," 10 Aug. 2019 As Sybil goes into labor, Dr. Clarkson argues with the visiting Sir Phillip Tapsell over how to proceed. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 8 Aug. 2019 The rise in tariffs will also make renewable energy more attractive to utilities, the authors argue. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Cleaning up its coal power plants will cost India $10 billion—but who will pay?," 7 Aug. 2019 Mass shootings deserve to be a topic of discussion but the amount of crime facing cities like Detroit and Chicago should also be at the forefront, some grassroots activists and residents argue. Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Democratic debates put a national spotlight on Detroit. But candidates ignored its issues.," 5 Aug. 2019 Judge in Trump University case Trump once argued that a judge involved in his Trump University court case ruled against him because of the judge's heritage. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Here are the times Donald Trump's critics say he stoked racial tensions," 5 Aug. 2019

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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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argue

verb

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

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

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