argue

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verb ar·gue \ˈär-(ˌ)gyü\

Definition of argue

argued

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arguing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give reasons for or against something :  reason argue for a new policy

  3. 2 :  to contend or disagree in words :  dispute They're always arguing about money.

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to give evidence of :  indicate The facts argue his innocence.

  6. 2 :  to consider the pros and cons of :  discuss argue an issue

  7. 3 :  to prove or try to prove by giving reasons :  maintain asking for a chance to argue his case

  8. 4 :  to persuade by giving reasons :  induce couldn't argue her out of going

arguer

play \-gyə-wər, -gyü-ər\ noun

Examples of argue in a Sentence

  1. She argued against the proposed law.

  2. The senator argued in favor of lowering taxes.

  3. He's always willing to argue for what is right.

  4. She argued that the proposed law should be defeated.

  5. He argued that it's far too early to make a decision.

  6. No one can argue me out of doing this.

  7. They started arguing about politics.

  8. She would argue with anyone.

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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 century

Synonym Discussion of 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


ARGUE Defined for English Language Learners

argue

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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

argue

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verb ar·gue \ˈär-gyü\

Definition of argue for Students

argued

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arguing

  1. 1 :  to discuss some matter usually with different points of view His parents argue about politics.

  2. 2 :  to give reasons for or against something The Senator argued in favor of lower taxes.

  3. 3 :  to persuade by giving reasons No one can argue me out of doing this.

  4. 4 :  to disagree or fight using angry words :  quarrel They argue about everything.

arguer

noun

Law Dictionary

argue

verb ar·gue

Legal Definition of argue

argued

arguing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give reasons for or against a matter in dispute arguing for an extension

  3. 2 :  to present a case in court will argue for the defense

  4. transitive verb
  5. 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

  6. 2 :  to present in court lawyers in court filing briefs and arguing appeals — Rorie Sherman

arguable

adjective


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