- to present reasons for or against a thing: He argued in favor of capital punishment.
- to contend in oral disagreement; dispute: The senator argued with the president about the new tax bill.
- to state the reasons for or against: The lawyers argued the case.
- to maintain in reasoning: to argue that the news report must be wrong.
- to persuade, drive, etc., by reasoning: to argue someone out of a plan.
- to show; prove; imply; indicate: His clothes argue poverty.
Origin of argue
Examples from the Web for argue
In the book, Tavris and Aronson argue that the same ability to overlook minor flaws in a marriage leads to overlooking major ones.Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?
December 17, 2014
One could argue that this was never exactly hidden from her readers.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling
December 11, 2014
“Women go to the bathroom together and gossip, talk and argue all the time,” Vithi Cuc told The National.Middle East Murder Mystery: Who Killed an American Teacher in Abu Dhabi?
December 3, 2014
Starting with the idea of androgyny, you argue that there is a woman in every man, and vice versa.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
You could, of course, argue that The Hunger Games has always been mature.'Mockingjay—Part 1’ Is the Most Violent ‘Hunger Games’ Yet
November 20, 2014
"I'll tell you how it is," said the big man in the tone of one who is willing to argue a point.Way of the Lawless
Mrs. Roberts was not in the mood to argue; she was bent on information.
But, for all that, I don't mean to argue Mrs. Roberts' cause.
"But I can't see——" Aggie began to argue with the petulance of a spoiled child.Within the Law
Then they would crowd around the Cacique of the Sun to argue the matter.The Trail Book
- (intr) to quarrel; wranglethey were always arguing until I arrived
- (intr; often foll by for or against) to present supporting or opposing reasons or cases in a dispute; reason
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to try to prove by presenting reasons; maintain
- (tr; often passive) to debate or discussthe case was fully argued before agreement was reached
- (tr) to persuadehe argued me into going
- (tr) to give evidence of; suggesther looks argue despair
Word Origin and History for argue
c.1300, "to make reasoned statements to prove or refute a proposition," from Old French arguer "maintain an opinion or view; harry, reproach, accuse, blame" (12c.), from Latin argutare "to prattle, prate," frequentative of arguere "make clear, make known, prove, declare, demonstrate," from PIE *argu-yo-, from root *arg- "to shine, be white, bright, clear" (see argent). Meaning "to oppose, dispute" is from late 14c. Related: Argued; arguing.