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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

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2 to express different opinions about something often angrily
  • that couple argues so incessantly it's a miracle they're still together

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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

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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

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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

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How does the verb argue contrast with its synonyms?

The words debate and discuss are common synonyms of argue. While all three words mean "to discourse about in order to reach conclusions or to convince," argue implies the offering of reasons or evidence in support of convictions already held.

argued that the project would be too costly

When is it sensible to use debate instead of argue?

While in some cases nearly identical to argue, debate suggests formal or public argument between opposing parties; it may also apply to deliberation with oneself.

debated the merits of the amendment

I'm debating whether I should go

When might discuss be a better fit than argue?

The synonyms discuss and argue are sometimes interchangeable, but discuss implies a sifting of possibilities especially by presenting considerations pro and con.

discussed the need for a new highway

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The first known use of argue was in the 14th century

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“Argue.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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