Definition of argue
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.
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
arguerplay \-gyə-wər, -gyü-ər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of argue from the Web
In the 1970s and ’80s, a group of University of Chicago scholars upended antitrust law by arguing that the benefits of economic efficiency created by mergers outweighed any concerns over company size.
Almost invariably, the authors argue, populists promise to relieve the stresses caused by institutional constraints.
Normal people are hard to argue with, especially 11 countries’ worth.
Rozinski is among those who argue that Comic-Con has sold its soul to Hollywood.
Some community activists continue to argue that Carr died from a rubber bullet fired by police outside the Omni hotel.
Insurers have long feared an end to that mandate, arguing that the marketplaces work only if everyone is insured.
Bruschetta toppings are updated on a blackboard, and really, who’s going to argue that a chili crab cake hardly belongs on a Cal-Med menu?
The Texas senator argues that the proposal would help drive down premiums and offer Americans greater freedom in choosing their health-insurance policies.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of argue
ARGUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of argue for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of argue for Students
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.
Legal Definition of argue
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
1 a : 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
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