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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Brexit supporters have argued that Article 24 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade -- the precursor agreement to the WTO -- offers a way to avoid tariffs and border restrictions if the U.K. leaves the EU without a deal. Washington Post, "Why Article 24 Is No Soft Landing for a No-Deal Brexit," 18 Sep. 2019 The state has argued the calls were irrelevant to the final verdict in the case. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Supreme Court sets October date for Cheshire murderer’s request for new trial in Petit case," 17 Sep. 2019 For years, scientists have argued about the age of Saturn’s famous rings: Are they ancient, dating to the birth of the planet itself? Mike Wall, Scientific American, "Saturn’s Rings May Be Ancient After All," 17 Sep. 2019 Homeless activists had argued that enforcing those rules would dramatically reduce the areas where people could legally sleep under the proposal. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "Where could homeless people sleep under L.A. plan? Activists take to streets to check," 16 Sep. 2019 Netflix has argued for the benefits of simultaneous availability. cleveland.com, "Amazon Studios, once the anti-Netflix, appears to be turning into it," 16 Sep. 2019 The property owners have argued that the GBRA's concerns about safety are overblown. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "Property owners, GBRA reach accord to avoid draining Guadalupe River lakes," 16 Sep. 2019 But some of Netanyahu’s critics have argued that such an agreement could tie Israel’s hands and deny it military autonomy. Fox News, "Trump says he and Netanyahu discussed possible US-Israeli defense treaty," 15 Sep. 2019 Some policymakers, including Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, have argued that the licensing process should be more uniform and strict. Josh Koehn, SFChronicle.com, "Hidden guns, bodyguards and a DA raid on the Santa Clara County sheriff," 14 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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