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 Those who argue that COVID-19 can spread through aerosol routes point to the prevalence and conditions of these superspreader events as one of the most important pieces of evidence for airborne transmission. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "We Need to Talk About Ventilation," 30 July 2020 States will often argue these regulations help to combat votes being placed under false names, but voter fraud is rare during elections, the Brennan Center says. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Michael Jordan Pledges $2.5 Million to Legal Defense Organizations and to Protect Black Voting Rights," 30 July 2020 Although critics of the tech giants argue their mass data collection puts outside companies at an unfair disadvantage, there are many benefits for users and customers, said Tim Crawford, CIO strategic adviser at strategic advisory firm AVOA LLC. David Uberti, WSJ, "Tech Antitrust Hearing Puts Big Data on Hot Seat," 29 July 2020 The house was full of those welcoming back an old friend — one serving what many would argue is the area’s best burger — as Workingman’s Friend Tavern opened its doors for the first time since March. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "'Some normalcy in all of these chaotic times': Workingman's Friend reopens," 11 July 2020 But because of the civil and private nature of the action to put someone in rehabilitative care, no one – short of lawyers who will argue the matter in court – knows the substance of lawsuit. Sarah Haselhorst, The Enquirer, "Under a challenge of constitutionality, the future of Casey's Law is cloaked and uncertain," 10 July 2020 In court papers filed in the case, USAA lawyers deny Reyes’ claims and argue that Reyes didn’t prove losses were covered under the family’s policy, meaning its obligations were fulfilled. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "What does a whistleblower who handled insurance claims for USAA admit under oath?," 10 July 2020 Our thoughts: For two people who argue over who gets the last Peppermint Patty in the office candy jar, this flavor was a real hit! cleveland, "Ranking 9 East Coast Custard flavors perfect for summer heatwave," 9 July 2020 The findings come as part of ongoing calls by U.S. PIRG and others on manufacturers to release repair information that some companies argue is proprietary and requires special training to ensure safety standards are met. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Manufacturers hinder repairs of crucial COVID hospital equipment, critics warn," 8 July 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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3 Aug 2020

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“Argue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 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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