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/ 藞蓱r gyu /
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Definition of argue

verb (used without object), ar路gued, ar路gu路ing.
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.
verb (used with object), ar路gued, ar路gu路ing.
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.
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Origin of argue

1275鈥1325; Middle English <Anglo-French, Old French arguer<Latin arg奴t膩re, -膩r墨, frequentative of arguere to prove, assert, accuse (Medieval Latin: argue, reason), though Latin frequentative form attested only in sense 鈥渂abble, chatter鈥


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British Dictionary definitions for argue

/ (藞蓱藧伞ju藧) /

verb -gues, -guing or -gued
(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

Derived forms of argue

arguer, noun

Word Origin for argue

C14: from Old French arguer to assert, charge with, from Latin arguere to make clear, accuse; related to Latin arg奴tus clear, argentum silver
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