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 Bloomberg's latest plan, however, focuses on consumers and investors, with the candidate arguing that the economy is still vulnerable to a shock like the 2008 financial crisis. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Mike Bloomberg's Wall Street plan includes taxing stock trades," 18 Feb. 2020 On a statewide scale, Piiparinen argues, Ohio needs to view Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati jointly as an economic force, even if the state’s biggest cities are many miles apart. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County’s GDP tops 13 states; how much Ohio’s big counties power state’s economy: Building from Strength," 18 Feb. 2020 The Celtics don’t have any unwanted contracts, veterans griping about playing time or arguing over shots. Gary Washburn,, "After last season’s disappointment, Celtics are poised to pave a path to postseason success," 17 Feb. 2020 Coaches Nick Nurse and Frank Vogel each challenged calls and that did not even include the many players vehemently argued down the stretch. Jonathan Feigen,, "Team LeBron beats Team Giannis in NBA All-Star Game," 17 Feb. 2020 Throughout the day, Democrats responded by praising Obama's tweet and arguing that Trump is reaping the benefits of the work his predecessor did. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "President's Day scrape: Trump, Obama spar over who gets credit for robust U.S. economy," 17 Feb. 2020 The man grew disorderly, argued with other patrons and was ordered to leave, the report says. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Doc Holliday's Saloon in Tombstone spoiling for fight with Arizona liquor police over guns," 17 Feb. 2020 The 43-year-old man drove to the home and started arguing with the 62-year-old man about his son being at the grandfather’s house, Klafka said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Grandfather shoots stepson during argument in northeast Harris County, police say," 14 Feb. 2020 Orlando Bloom, fiancé of Katy Perry and the sexiest pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (don’t argue; that’s a fact), seems to have had a bit of a misstep at the tattoo parlor. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Orlando Bloom’s New Tattoo of His Son’s Name Is Spelled Wrong," 14 Feb. 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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21 Feb 2020

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“Argue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 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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