Definition of argue in English:


Syllabification: ar·gue
Pronunciation: /ˈärgyo͞o

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.



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  • 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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