Definition of argue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɑːɡjuː/

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 argued
More example sentences
  • 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, 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
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.
persuade to, convince to, prevail on to, coax into;
talk someone round
dissuade from, persuade against, talk out of
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 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, 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


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 pay
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  • 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.



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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