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argue

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of argue

  1. 1 to state (something) as a reason in support of or against something under consideration argued that a bake sale would make a lot less money than a car wash Synonyms of argue assert, contend, maintain, plead, reason Words Related to argue adduce, cite, mention; claim, insist; affirm, aver, avouch, avow; advance, give, offer, propose, submit; advise, counsel, recommend, suggest, urge; convince, persuade; advocate, champion, defend, enforce, espouse, support; explain, justify, rationalize; consider, debate, discuss; confute, counter, disprove, rebut, refute

  2. 2 to express different opinions about something often angrily that couple argues so incessantly it's a miracle they're still together Synonyms of argue altercate, argufy, bicker, brabble, brawl, controvert, dispute, fall out, fight, hassle, jar, quarrel, quibble, row, scrap, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle Words Related to argue challenge, dare, defy; clash, contend, contest, tangle; cavil, fuss, nitpick; consider, debate, discuss; kick, object, protest Phrases bandy words, butt heads, lock horns, mix it up Near Antonyms of argue coexist, get along; accept, agree, assent, concur, consent

  3. 3 to cause (someone) to agree with a belief or course of action by using arguments or earnest requests argued my boss into letting me telecommute for four days a week Synonyms of argue persuade, bring, bring around, convert, convince, gain, get, induce, move, prevail (on or upon), satisfy, talk (into), win (over)Words Related to argue blandish, blarney, cajole, coax, entreat, exhort, fast-talk, urge, wheedle; allure, beguile, lead on, lure, seduce, snow, tempt; brainwash, overpersuade; incline, influence, move, prompt, sell, sway; attract, draw, entice, interest; chew over, converse, debate, discuss, dispute, hash (over), moot; reason (with)Near Antonyms of argue deter, discourage, dissuade, unsell

  4. 4 to talk about (an issue) usually from various points of view and for the purpose of arriving at a decision or opinion candidates arguing gun control in a nationally televised debate Synonyms of argue agitate, discuss, bandy, bat (around or back and forth), canvass (also canvas), debate, dispute, hash (over or out), moot, talk overWords Related to argue review, speak (about), talk (about); broach, introduce, propound, raise, stir up; forge, hammer out, talk out, thrash (out), wrestle (with); chew over, consider, deliberate, weigh

  5. 5 to give evidence or testimony to the truth or factualness of the security video argues that it was a taller man who entered the building Synonyms of argue confirm, attest, authenticate, bear out, certify, corroborate, substantiate, support, validate, verify, vindicateWords Related to argue avouch, back (up), testify (to), vouch (for), witness; guarantee, warrant; affirm, assert, aver, avow, declare, profess; demonstrate, document, establish, prove, reinforce (also reenforce)Near Antonyms of argue contradict, gainsay; deny, disavow, disclaim; challenge, contest, dispute, questionAntonyms of argue disprove, rebut, refute

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

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