- 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 arguing
Republicans rallied to the cause, arguing that the pipeline would create jobs.Hillary Praises Fracking, Stays Silent on Keystone
December 2, 2014
Kaine picked up the former sentiment, arguing against the notion that America is on decline.Politics End In Halifax As Democratic and GOP Senators Seek Common Ground on National Security
November 22, 2014
Many historians have leveled criticism at the Code, arguing that it was too conservative and supportive of the bourgeois.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
Throughout the entirety of Black Prophetic Fire, he seems to use his celebrity to make the amateur error of arguing by authority.Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline
October 23, 2014
Essentially he is arguing that there are functional trade-offs in developmental biology.Why Aristotle Deserves A Posthumous Nobel
October 18, 2014
"No use in arguing this thing on its merits," he said, curtly, at last.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
For in his growth as a radical, Joe had gone beyond all arguing now.The Harbor
He is arguing 'ad hominem' according to the notions of mythology current in his age.Apology
But in this way of arguing you might come to imagine that strength is wisdom.Protagoras
It was a gesture slight and trivial, yet arguing perhaps vexation.The Snare
- (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 arguing
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.