- 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
- (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 counter-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.