Verb argue Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


argue (third-person singular simple present argues, present participle arguing, simple past and past participle argued)

  1. (obsolete) To prove.
  2. To show grounds for concluding (that); to indicate, imply.
  3. (intransitive) To debate, disagree, or discuss opposing or differing viewpoints.
  4. (intransitive) To have an argument, a quarrel.
  5. (transitive) To present (a viewpoint or an argument therefor).

More definition: present reasons for or against a thing, He argued in favor of capital punishment. contend in oral disagreement; dispute, The senator argued with the president about the new tax bill. state the reasons for or against, The lawyers argued the case. maintain in reasoning, to argue that the news report must be wrong. persuade, drive, etc., by reasoning, to argue someone out of a plan. show; prove; imply; indicate, His clothes argue poverty.

1. (intransitive) to quarrel; wrangle, they were always arguing until I arrived

2. (intransitive; often foll by for or against) to present supporting or opposing reasons or cases in a dispute; reason

3. (transitive; may take a clause as object) to try to prove by presenting reasons; maintain

4. (transitive; often passive) to debate or discuss, the case was fully argued before agreement was reached

5. (transitive) to persuade, he argued me into going

6. (transitive) to give evidence of; suggest, her looks argue despair Derived Formsarguer, noun Word OriginC14, from Old French arguer to assert, charge with, from Latin arguere to make clear, accuse; related to Latin argūtus clear, argentum silverCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


One minute she didn't hesitate to argue with him, and the next she could not wait to agree with him.

They could argue like this all afternoon.

Whatever. I came out here to enjoy your company, not argue with you.

All that was absent was Quinn; obdurate Quinn, first to argue, first to grumble and sole engineer of his sensitive equipment.

She'd chosen a subject he couldn't argue about.

She couldn't argue that point, but Alex might regain consciousness and she wanted to be there if he did.

If Katie wanted to go to the convent, he.d be the last to argue with her.

"I didn't come to argue, though I am sorry if I hurt your feelings, Kiera," Evelyn said with a small sigh, as if irritated by the apology.

He was in no mood to argue against Claire Quincy's selfish interests in preserving the strained moral reputation of the long-dead ancestor.

Alex wasn't likely to be much help with the farm, but it wouldn't do any good to argue the point with Katie.

The odd sense of someone following – a sign she now knew was the phantom trailing them - returned.

She wasn't going to argue with him or bawl in his presence.

You ran off and left me because you were sick of having me argue with you.

Let's not argue right now.

He didn't wait for her, and she paused a few times along the way to the food court to argue with Ashley via texts about talking to Xander.

Between the higher animals and the lower types of mankind the distinction is so hard to draw that many psychologists argue that the difference is one of degree rather than of kind (see also Instinct).

If people were permanently obsessed with food, all individual thought, all capacity to argue, even people's sex drive, would disappear.

And you may argue about that as you like!

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