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 arguedMore 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.
- 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: don’t argue with me • figurative I wasn’t going to argue with a gun [with object]: she was too tired to argue the pointMore example sentences
- 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?
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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'.