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]: sociologists argue that inequalities in industrial societies are being reduced [no object]: he argued for extra resources [with direct speech]: ‘It stands to reason,’ she arguedMore example sentences
contend, assert, declare, maintain, state, proclaim, advance, insist, hold, claim, aver, avow, reason, attest, expostulate, testify, swear, certify; propound, submit, posit, postulate, adduce, move, advocate, opine, allege; make a case for, give reasons for, defend, explain, vindicate, justify• technical depose, represent• rare asseverate
- 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.
- 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 itMore example sentences
- 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: the two men started arguing in a local pub • figurative I wasn’t going to argue with a gun [with object]: she was too tired to argue the pointMore example sentences
quarrel, disagree, row, squabble, bicker, fight, wrangle, dispute, feud, have a row, bandy words, have words, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throats; dissent, clash, differ, be at odds• informal fall out, scrap, argy-bargy, argufy, spat, go at it hammer and tongs, fight like cat and dog• archaic altercate
- 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?
argue the toss
- • informal, chiefly British Dispute a decision or choice already made: one person argued the toss for four hours before he agreed to payMore example sentences
- I see the words ‘heated discussion’ and realise that I probably wasn't nodding my head (as I remember it) but shaking it violently and arguing the toss (as Ian remembers it).
- I listened to a couple of people arguing the toss about who was the wronged party.
- Started off none too badly, got there and K was arguing the toss with one of the bouncers because they weren't going to let us in without student cards.
- More 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'.