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 Also, Check This Out This week’s Critics Notebook argues that late legend Little Richard’s confidence was often misconstrued as arrogance while his influential musicianship went largely ignored. Trish Bendix, New York Times, "Late Night: Coronavirus Is Calling From Inside the White House," 12 May 2020 Respected prognosticator Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report also argued that Trump could lose by five million votes — nearly double Clinton's margin — and still capture the Electoral College. David Faris, TheWeek, "How Trump lost his Electoral College edge to Biden," 12 May 2020 Lawyers for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, argued in court filings that the program protecting Bolick's address only applies to voter registration records, not nominating petitions. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Court says legislator can stay on ballot despite listing UPS store as address," 11 May 2020 But others argued that the 2011 Lake Beulah decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court gave the DNR the authority to consider what would harm state waters in the case of high capacity wells. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Attorney General Josh Kaul withdraws opinion on high capacity wells, allows DNR more control over permits," 11 May 2020 Trump’s defense team argued that the president’s actions don’t meet the constitutional standard for impeachment. Billy House,, "Impeachment Vote Dilemma Traps Senate Moderates of Both Parties," 10 May 2020 But insurers argue that the policies were never intended to cover catastrophic losses from a pandemic, and the number and extent of the claims would put them out of business. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "These North Texas businesses bought insurance, only to learn coronavirus-related losses aren’t covered," 10 May 2020 Yang’s lawsuit argued that cancelling the election violated candidates’ Fourteenth Amendment equal protection rights under state election law., "Bernie Sanders Is Back On The New York Ballot Thanks To This Surprising Advocate," 6 May 2020 Yet the company’s lawyers now argue, in effect, that because the ICC Termination Act’s remedies are exclusive, no contract that would otherwise be enforceable under state law is enforceable against it. Steve Presley, National Review, "Union Pacific Railroad’s Betrayal of Small-Town America," 5 May 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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15 May 2020

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“Argue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 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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