- To argue is to state reasons or facts for or against a person or thought.
An example of argue is when a lawyer defends a client’s innocence in court.
- Argue is defined as to verbally disagree with someone.
An example of argue is to have a dispute with your spouse over whose turn it is to wash dishes.
- to give reasons (for or against a proposal, proposition, etc.)
- to have a disagreement; quarrel; dispute
Origin: Middle English arguen ; from Old French arguer ; from Vulgar Latin argutare, for Classical Latin argutari, to prattle, frequentative of arguere, to make clear, prove ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ar(e)g-, gleaming (see argent); Old French meaning and form influenced, influence by arguere
- to give reasons for and against; discuss; debate
- to try to prove by giving reasons; maintain; contend
- to give evidence of; seem to prove; indicate: his manners argue a good upbringing
- to persuade (into or out of an opinion, etc.) by giving reasons
- arguer noun
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verb ar·gued, ar·gu·ing, ar·gues verb, transitive
- To put forth reasons for or against; debate: “It is time to stop arguing tax-rate reductions and to enact them” (Paul Craig Roberts).
- To attempt to prove by reasoning; maintain or contend: The speaker argued that more immigrants should be admitted to the country.
- To give evidence of; indicate: “Similarities cannot always be used to argue descent” (Isaac Asimov).
- To persuade or influence (another), as by presenting reasons: argued the clerk into lowering the price.
- To put forth reasons for or against something: argued for dismissal of the case; argued against an immediate counterattack.
- To engage in a quarrel; dispute.
Origin: Middle English arguen, from Old French arguer, from Latin argūtāre, to babble, chatter, frequentative of arguere, to make clear; see arg- in Indo-European roots.
- arˈgu·er noun