- 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 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.
intransitive verbargued, arguing
- to give reasons (for or against a proposal, proposition, etc.)
- to have a disagreement; quarrel; dispute
Origin of argueMiddle 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
verbar·gued, ar·gu·ing, ar·gues
- 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 of argueMiddle English arguen, from Old French arguer, from Latin argūtāre, to babble, chatter, frequentative of arguere, to make clear; see arg- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present argues, present participle arguing, simple past and past participle argued)
- To shows grounds for concluding (that); to indicate, imply.
- (intransitive) To debate, disagree, or discuss opposing or differing viewpoints.
- He also argued for stronger methods to be used against China.
- He argued as follows: America should stop Lend-Lease convoying, because it needs to fortify its own Army with the supplies.
- The two boys argued because of disagreement about the science project.
- (intransitive) To have an argument, a quarrel.
- To present (a viewpoint or an argument theref).
- He argued his point.
- He argued that America should stop Lend-Lease convoying because it needed to fortify its own Army with the supplies.
From Old French arguer, from Latin arguere (“to declare, show, prove, make clear, reprove, accuse”), probably connected with Ancient Greek ἀργός (argos, “white, bright, etc.”); see argent, and compare declare (“literally to make clear”).