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 \ ˈär-​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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Pentagon officials have urged restraint in any response, arguing against a potentially costly conflict at a time when the U.S. military is seeking to reduce its Middle East footprint, officials familiar with the conversations said Monday. Anchorage Daily News, "Tehran rules out talks with U.S. as Trump steps back from directly blaming Iran," 17 Sep. 2019 The vote followed hours of passionate testimony, mostly from people arguing against the flavor ban. Jen Christensen, CNN, "New York state bans most flavors of e-cigarettes," 17 Sep. 2019 The affidavit — first obtained in January by the Chicago Sun-Times — was made public after the Chicago Tribune successfully argued in court for its release. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Ethics board levels $25K fine on political consultant recorded allegedly arranging Viagra, sexual services for disgraced former Chicago alderman," 17 Sep. 2019 Snowden also expressed concerns about the information cell phones are collecting and distributing, arguing that the devices are destroying individual privacy. Nick Ramsey, NBC News, "Edward Snowden says the government is in your phone, insists he only wanted to 'reform' the NSA," 17 Sep. 2019 Thousands of women in Washington, D.C., and in cities across the U.S. and world, used the day to advocate for human rights and women's issues, which protesters argued would face adversity under the new administration. Fox News, "Linda Sarsour, other leaders accused of anti-Semitism parting with Women's March," 17 Sep. 2019 If Nakajima and his colleagues are correct in arguing that a mixture of young fish and adults suggests farming, then Jiahu could be the earliest example of aquaculture in the world. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Aquaculture may be the future of seafood, but its past is ancient," 17 Sep. 2019 Coyle occasionally starts story lines but then leaves the audience dangling; what did happen to the arguing lesbian couple? Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Show of Force’ gives a different perspective of military life | Review," 17 Sep. 2019 Villa will argue that Mark Noble should have been sent off for the Hammers, after clearly diving whilst on a yellow card. SI.com, "Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Teams Play Out Bore Draw," 16 Sep. 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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