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 \ ˈär-​gyə-​wər How to pronounce arguer (audio) , -​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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Recent Examples on the Web Development grants are tax incentives that critics argue are a way for the government to pick winners and losers in the private sector. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Aerospace company to bring 800 jobs to North Carolina with a $15.5M boost from taxpayers," 23 Oct. 2020 History repeats The Justice Department isn't trying to break any new ground in the Google case, or argue for alternative interpretations of the law. Brian Fung, CNN, "Google's defense against antitrust lawsuit? You," 22 Oct. 2020 The group has also worked with public defenders to aggressively argue against pretrial detention. NBC News, "California may replace cash bail with algorithms — but some worry that will be less fair," 17 Oct. 2020 Progressives were pointing to Feinstein’s handling of the Kavanaugh hearing to argue against her continued leadership of committee Democrats even before Ginsburg’s death. Tal Kopan,, "Pressure on Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein at Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing," 11 Oct. 2020 China’s critics have reached further back in history to argue against the 2022 Games. Washington Post, "Beijing is planning to host another Olympics. Clashes over human rights are back, too.," 8 Oct. 2020 Common sense and election observers argue against any sudden shift. John Fund, National Review, "New Project Veritas Video: Voter Fraud in Ilhan Omar’s District," 27 Sep. 2020 Chen and Kahn, the head of the Johns Hopkins bioethics institute, are preparing a paper that will argue against challenge trials for diseases that lack treatment. Laura Parker, National Geographic, "To find a vaccine for COVID-19, will we have to deliberately infect people?," 16 Sep. 2020 President Donald Trump’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican Party also filed to intervene in the case to argue against allowing online absentee ballot applications. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Judge orders Ohio officials to allow online absentee ballot applications," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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26 Oct 2020

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“Argue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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 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


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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