Definition of argue in US English:

argue

verb

  • 1reporting 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 direct speech ‘“It stands to reason,” she argued’
    with clause ‘defense attorneys argue that the police lacked “probable cause” to arrest the driver’
    • ‘Many now argue that the reporter is needed to provoke engagement with the viewer.’
    • ‘Several writers argue that, when we are moved by this idea, our aim is to achieve equality.’
    • ‘When you examine the teams man for man, I would argue that we are definitely the stronger.’
    • ‘However the water authorities argue that it would be unfair to the rest of their customers.’
    • ‘Supporters argue that wind farms are a small price to pay for saving the planet.’
    • ‘Some people argue that libertarianism is not a theory of equality or mutual advantage.’
    • ‘Some argue that this blurring of the boundary between our work and private lives need not be a bad thing.’
    • ‘Cynics will argue that the new rules are another way artificially to manipulate the sport.’
    • ‘Some even argue that turning away work makes you seem even more employable to a client!’
    • ‘Economists would now argue that this is no less justified than the labour theory of value.’
    • ‘Some might argue that they are currently at the top of their game but facing great challenges.’
    • ‘We argue that their claim is built on a confusion and lacks a deep physical model.’
    • ‘Some would argue that he should get his affairs as they currently stand in order.’
    • ‘Some argue that boxing has a lower death rate per year from acute injury than other sports.’
    • ‘Many people would argue that once you have attended one you have a good idea of what the games are all about.’
    • ‘Many argue that female models do not serve as good examples for women to follow.’
    • ‘Optimists argue that companies are awash with cash and their balance sheets are strong.’
    • ‘They argue that only a total ban could give the industry any chance of a long-term future.’
    • ‘Rousseau argued that reason had led man out of his innocent state of nature into decadence.’
    • ‘The firms argue that all they did was agree to buy shares in each other's companies.’
    contend, assert, declare, maintain, state, proclaim, advance, insist, hold, claim, aver, avow, reason, attest, expostulate, testify, swear, certify
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    1. 1.1argue someone into/out ofwith object Persuade someone to do or not to do (something) by giving reasons.
      ‘I tried to argue him out of it’
      • ‘Yemen's judges have pioneered apparently effective ways of ‘deprogramming’ them by arguing them out of their warped view of the world.’
      • ‘He is equally non-judgmental about her baffled husband and the struck-off doctor who rescues her from one suicide bid and argues her out of another.’
      • ‘In vain would anyone try to argue me out of this feeling, it is stronger than any proofs; you might as well try to convince me that I do not exist.’
      • ‘I'm glad you liked the part where Angela's arguing Ember into ditching school, but I'm not sure why… er, thanks!’
      • ‘Sometimes, you can argue them into dropping the requirement but sometimes you can't.’
      • ‘You may discuss anything, but don't argue; don't try to argue them into a position.’
      • ‘But, oddly enough Michelle had argued her into it and here sat Adri Rionach, at a piano on the stage in the main lounge of the hotel.’
      • ‘I tried to argue him out of paying, but he insisted.’
      • ‘As far as she was concerned, Timothy was ‘Daddy’, and there was no arguing her out of it.’
      • ‘He probably could send envoys to most UIA deputies and argue them out of supporting him.’
      • ‘‘I'll see what I can do,’ he said and hung up before she could argue him into changing his sentence to ‘I'll do it’.’
      • ‘I've also had my fair share of people trying to argue me into believing, which I feel is entirely unfair as I have not tried to push my views upon other people, just presented my opinion when asked for it - as I am doing now.’
      • ‘She was said to have been martyred after refuting 50 pagan philosophers who were sent to argue her out of her faith.’
      • ‘I dutifully got out my trusty green and red markers and set to work on one, but in the end, I argued Dad out of the idea by saying that the sign would make us sound illicit.’
      • ‘He's certainly right on the latter and I'm sure any of the legal bloggers could argue me into a corner on the former.’
      persuade to, convince to, prevail on to, coax into
      dissuade from, persuade against, talk out of
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  • 2no object Exchange or express diverging or opposite views, typically in a heated or angry way.

    figurative ‘I wasn't going to argue with a gun’
    with object ‘she was too tired to argue the point’
    ‘don't argue with me’
    • ‘He couldn't argue with that, seeing as he was the one who wrote the cursed things in the first place.’
    • ‘Jessica even started to argue with the people who so adamantly disliked my slideshow.’
    • ‘Certainly I don't argue with the people who say that by and large nobody ever watches it.’
    • ‘Few in this country would argue with the view that the regime is unacceptable.’
    • ‘You get in rows with people every week and argue with them and you respect them as fellow pros.’
    • ‘It's hard to argue with any event that ends up with the best players in the world in the top positions.’
    • ‘Few argue with the need to improve the shabby eyesore which blights much of Piccadilly.’
    • ‘He was apparently angry after arguing with his girlfriend and took out that anger on the dog.’
    • ‘They don't get it right all the time, but we can't argue with their judgement on this one.’
    • ‘He did not object and left, but the court was told the defendant started to argue with another man about it.’
    • ‘Right now he was exhausted and couldn't be bothered to hear her voice and argue with her.’
    • ‘The locals were incensed and came out of their homes to argue with the soldiers.’
    • ‘Somebody once said that golf is a good walk spoiled, and you can't really argue with that.’
    • ‘Instead, he is dangling before its recipients a lump sum that is difficult to argue with.’
    • ‘He got his telescope and set it up and he watched Juliet argue with her parents in the front room.’
    • ‘That hasn't stopped you going on and on and on, arguing over a single word.’
    • ‘There are few people who would argue with him that this is the best way to encourage recycling.’
    • ‘Surely will no one will argue with the sentiment that the company should and must do better.’
    • ‘It is hard to argue with the age and quality of most of the new signings, whether on loan or permanent.’
    • ‘Of that Borg is certain, and who would argue with one who dominated Wimbledon like no other?’
    quarrel, disagree, row, squabble, bicker, fight, wrangle, dispute, feud, have a row, bandy words, have words, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throats
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French arguer, from Latin argutari ‘prattle’, frequentative of arguere ‘make clear, prove, accuse’.

Pronunciation

argue

/ˈärɡyo͞o//ˈɑrɡju/