Definition of argue in 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’
    • ‘Rousseau argued that reason had led man out of his innocent state of nature into decadence.’
    • ‘Many now argue that the reporter is needed to provoke engagement with the viewer.’
    • ‘Some argue that boxing has a lower death rate per year from acute injury than other sports.’
    • ‘Optimists argue that companies are awash with cash and their balance sheets are strong.’
    • ‘Several writers argue that, when we are moved by this idea, our aim is to achieve equality.’
    • ‘They argue that only a total ban could give the industry any chance of a long-term future.’
    • ‘Many argue that female models do not serve as good examples for women to follow.’
    • ‘The firms argue that all they did was agree to buy shares in each other's companies.’
    • ‘However the water authorities argue that it would be unfair to the rest of their customers.’
    • ‘Some would argue that he should get his affairs as they currently stand in order.’
    • ‘We argue that their claim is built on a confusion and lacks a deep physical model.’
    • ‘When you examine the teams man for man, I would argue that we are definitely the stronger.’
    • ‘Some argue that this blurring of the boundary between our work and private lives need not be a bad thing.’
    • ‘Some people argue that libertarianism is not a theory of equality or mutual advantage.’
    • ‘Many people would argue that once you have attended one you have a good idea of what the games are all about.’
    • ‘Economists would now argue that this is no less justified than the labour theory of value.’
    • ‘Some even argue that turning away work makes you seem even more employable to a client!’
    • ‘Cynics will argue that the new rules are another way artificially to manipulate the sport.’
    • ‘Some might argue that they are currently at the top of their game but facing great challenges.’
    • ‘Supporters argue that wind farms are a small price to pay for saving the planet.’
    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’
      • ‘As far as she was concerned, Timothy was ‘Daddy’, and there was no arguing her out of it.’
      • ‘I tried to argue him out of paying, but he insisted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sometimes, you can argue them into dropping the requirement but sometimes you can't.’
      • ‘Yemen's judges have pioneered apparently effective ways of ‘deprogramming’ them by arguing them out of their warped view of the world.’
      • ‘He probably could send envoys to most UIA deputies and argue them out of supporting him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm glad you liked the part where Angela's arguing Ember into ditching school, but I'm not sure why… er, thanks!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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’.’
      • ‘She was said to have been martyred after refuting 50 pagan philosophers who were sent to argue her out of her faith.’
      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’
    • ‘There are few people who would argue with him that this is the best way to encourage recycling.’
    • ‘He was apparently angry after arguing with his girlfriend and took out that anger on the dog.’
    • ‘Of that Borg is certain, and who would argue with one who dominated Wimbledon like no other?’
    • ‘Few argue with the need to improve the shabby eyesore which blights much of Piccadilly.’
    • ‘The locals were incensed and came out of their homes to argue with the soldiers.’
    • ‘Surely will no one will argue with the sentiment that the company should and must do better.’
    • ‘They don't get it right all the time, but we can't argue with their judgement on this one.’
    • ‘Instead, he is dangling before its recipients a lump sum that is difficult to argue with.’
    • ‘Right now he was exhausted and couldn't be bothered to hear her voice and argue with her.’
    • ‘Jessica even started to argue with the people who so adamantly disliked my slideshow.’
    • ‘It is hard to argue with the age and quality of most of the new signings, whether on loan or permanent.’
    • ‘He couldn't argue with that, seeing as he was the one who wrote the cursed things in the first place.’
    • ‘It's hard to argue with any event that ends up with the best players in the world in the top positions.’
    • ‘You get in rows with people every week and argue with them and you respect them as fellow pros.’
    • ‘That hasn't stopped you going on and on and on, arguing over a single word.’
    • ‘He did not object and left, but the court was told the defendant started to argue with another man about it.’
    • ‘Few in this country would argue with the view that the regime is unacceptable.’
    • ‘He got his telescope and set it up and he watched Juliet argue with her parents in the front room.’
    • ‘Somebody once said that golf is a good walk spoiled, and you can't really argue with that.’
    • ‘Certainly I don't argue with the people who say that by and large nobody ever watches it.’
    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

/ˈɑrɡju//ˈärɡyo͞o/