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Definition of "argue" []

  • To put forth reasons for or against; debate: "It is time to stop arguing tax-rate reductions and to enact them” ( Paul Craig Roberts). (verb-transitive)
  • To attempt to prove by reasoning; maintain or contend: The speaker argued that more immigrants should be admitted to the country. (verb-transitive)
  • To give evidence of; indicate: "Similarities cannot always be used to argue descent” ( Isaac Asimov). (verb-transitive)
  • To persuade or influence (another), as by presenting reasons: argued the clerk into lowering the price. (verb-transitive)
  • To put forth reasons for or against something: argued for dismissal of the case; argued against an immediate counterattack. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "argue" in a sentence
  • "Critics of the term argue that associating the religion of Islam with fascism is offensive and inaccurate."
  • "Critics of the term argue that associating the religion of Islam with fascism is offensive and inaccurate-well, perhaps those critics, finding the term offensive and inaccurate, might do something about modifying the behavior leading to the use of the term. otherwise, there is a phrase about the shoe and if it fits that springs to mind."
  • "Even those who believe in the existence of this term argue that there is a "strong sense" (meaning genuine) critical thinking to be distinguished from a "weak sense" version, but I don't think (contra Paul and others) there are good, universally recognized warrants, standards, or criteria to draw those distinctions, especially in all the fields it could potentially encompass."