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 argue (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 Economists call this concept tax incidence and often argue that a misunderstanding of tax incidence is what leads many people to support higher taxes on business. Stephanie Leiser, The Conversation, "Biden wants corporations to pay for his $2 trillion infrastructure plans, echoing a history of calls for companies to chip in when times are tough," 2 Apr. 2021 Others might argue that now is the time to act and spend his political capital: Biden currently has high national approval ratings on his handling of the economy and Covid-19, according to new polling. NBC News, "Biden's massive infrastructure plan, a Covid vaccine for teens and the Final Four is set," 31 Mar. 2021 The notion behind the 48-hour rule is to prevent people from languishing in custody without being able to see a judge, have legal representation or argue for a lower bail. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego court still seeking time extensions for arraignments, more than a year into pandemic," 31 Mar. 2021 This would be a decline of about $10 billion per year for highways and $5 billion for transit – from spending levels that transportation advocates argue is already falls short of needs. USA Today, "A gas tax? A mileage tax? Biden wary of user fees to pay for roads, bridges and highways," 30 Mar. 2021 Federspiel said some people would argue that Hemingway's first generation of writing, often set in Michigan, is some of his best work. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "New Hemingway documentary shatters myths, explores writer's Michigan roots," 30 Mar. 2021 Some may argue that the insurance premiums would make prime money funds less viable. Jon Hartley, National Review, "Treat Money-Market Funds Like Banks," 30 Mar. 2021 The state followed in the footsteps of Mississippi and Arkansas in enacting legislation that supporters argue will protect women's sports. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Tennessee becomes third state to pass transgender ban in women's sports," 28 Mar. 2021 The civil rights attorney helped argue their convictions should be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, which was granted. Monivette Cordeiro, orlandosentinel.com, "Attorney who defended Groveland Four honored with bust at Wells’ Built Museum," 26 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/argue. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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