Definition of argue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈärɡyo͞o/

verb (argues, arguing, argued)

1 [reporting verb] Give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory, typically with the aim of persuading others to share one’s view: [with clause]: defense attorneys argue that the police lacked “probable cause” to arrest the driver [with direct speech]: “It stands to reason,” she argued
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  • Some people argue that libertarianism is not a theory of equality or mutual advantage.
  • Supporters argue that wind farms are a small price to pay for saving the planet.
  • Some argue that boxing has a lower death rate per year from acute injury than other sports.
contend, assert, maintain, insist, hold, claim, reason, allege
formal aver, represent, opine
1.1 [with object] (argue someone into/out of) Persuade someone to do or not to do (something) by giving reasons: I tried to argue him out of it
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  • I'm glad you liked the part where Angela's arguing Ember into ditching school, but I'm not sure why… er, thanks!
  • Yemen's judges have pioneered apparently effective ways of ‘deprogramming’ them by arguing them out of their warped view of the world.
  • He probably could send envoys to most UIA deputies and argue them out of supporting him.
2 [no object] Exchange or express diverging or opposite views, typically in a heated or angry way: don’t argue with me figurative I wasn’t going to argue with a gun [with object]: she was too tired to argue the point
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  • Few in this country would argue with the view that the regime is unacceptable.
  • The locals were incensed and came out of their homes to argue with the soldiers.
  • Of that Borg is certain, and who would argue with one who dominated Wimbledon like no other?
quarrel, disagree, squabble, bicker, fight, wrangle, dispute, feud, have words, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throats
informal spat



Example sentences
  • Mom also was an inveterate arguer and would defend her point of view to the end.
  • First, arguers must convey to opponents that they are understood, and then they must delineate the aspects of opponents' positions that are valid.
  • Instead, this national competition aspires to find the great arguers of the next generation - the politicians, lawyers and philosophers - and pit them against each other.


Middle English: from Old French arguer, from Latin argutari 'prattle', frequentative of arguere 'make clear, prove, accuse'.

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Syllabification: ar·gue

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