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ar·gue

 (är′gyo͞o)
v. ar·gued, ar·gu·ing, ar·gues
v.tr.
1. To put forth reasons for or against; debate: "It is time to stop arguing tax-rate reductions and to enact them" (Paul Craig Roberts).
2. To attempt to prove by reasoning; maintain or contend: The speaker argued that more immigrants should be admitted to the country.
3. To give evidence of; indicate: "Similarities cannot always be used to argue descent" (Isaac Asimov).
4. To persuade or influence (another), as by presenting reasons: argued the clerk into lowering the price.
v.intr.
1. To put forth reasons for or against something: argued for dismissal of the case; argued against an immediate counterattack.
2. To engage in a quarrel; dispute: We need to stop arguing and engage in constructive dialogue.

[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.]

ar′gu·er n.
Synonyms: argue, quarrel1, wrangle, squabble, bicker
These verbs denote verbal exchange involving disagreement or conflict. To argue is to present reasons or facts in order to persuade someone of something: "I am not arguing with you—I am telling you" (James McNeill Whistler).
It is also often used of more heated exchanges: The couple argued for hours over who was at fault.
Quarrel denotes angry, often ongoing conflict: The band quarreled with their manager over money.
It can also refer to continuing disputes of a public or professional nature: "Experts still quarrel about the ultimate cause of Alzheimer's [disease]" (Geoffrey Cowley).
Wrangle refers to loud, contentious argument: "audiences ... who can be overheard wrangling about film facts in restaurants and coffee houses" (Sheila Benson).
Squabble and bicker both suggest sharp, persistent, bad-tempered infighting, often of a petty nature: "A nobility of warriors ... they squabbled endlessly on political matters, resolving the problems of dynastic succession with one bloodbath after another" (Carlos Fuentes). The senators bickered about adjustments to the tax proposal for weeks. See Also Synonyms at discuss.

argue

(ˈɑːɡjuː)
vb, -gues, -guing or -gued
1. (intr) to quarrel; wrangle: they were always arguing until I arrived.
2. (intr; often foll by for or against) to present supporting or opposing reasons or cases in a dispute; reason
3. (tr; may take a clause as object) to try to prove by presenting reasons; maintain
4. (tr; often passive) to debate or discuss: the case was fully argued before agreement was reached.
5. (tr) to persuade: he argued me into going.
6. (tr) to give evidence of; suggest: her looks argue despair.
[C14: from Old French arguer to assert, charge with, from Latin arguere to make clear, accuse; related to Latin argūtus clear, argentum silver]
ˈarguer n

ar•gue

(ˈɑr gyu)

v. -gued, -gu•ing. v.i.
1. to present reasons for or against a thing: to argue in favor of capital punishment.
2. to contend in oral disagreement; dispute: to argue with a colleague; to argue about the new tax bill.
v.t.
3. to state the reasons for or against: to argue a case.
4. to maintain in reasoning: to argue that the news report was biased.
5. to persuade or compel by reasoning: to argue someone out of a plan.
6. to show; indicate: His answer argues careful thought.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French arguer < Latin argūtāre, -ārī, frequentative of arguere to prove, assert, accuse (Medieval Latin: argue, reason)]
ar′gu•er, n.

argue


Past participle: argued
Gerund: arguing

Imperative
argue
argue
Present
I argue
you argue
he/she/it argues
we argue
you argue
they argue
Preterite
I argued
you argued
he/she/it argued
we argued
you argued
they argued
Present Continuous
I am arguing
you are arguing
he/she/it is arguing
we are arguing
you are arguing
they are arguing
Present Perfect
I have argued
you have argued
he/she/it has argued
we have argued
you have argued
they have argued
Past Continuous
I was arguing
you were arguing
he/she/it was arguing
we were arguing
you were arguing
they were arguing
Past Perfect
I had argued
you had argued
he/she/it had argued
we had argued
you had argued
they had argued
Future
I will argue
you will argue
he/she/it will argue
we will argue
you will argue
they will argue
Future Perfect
I will have argued
you will have argued
he/she/it will have argued
we will have argued
you will have argued
they will have argued
Future Continuous
I will be arguing
you will be arguing
he/she/it will be arguing
we will be arguing
you will be arguing
they will be arguing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been arguing
you have been arguing
he/she/it has been arguing
we have been arguing
you have been arguing
they have been arguing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been arguing
you will have been arguing
he/she/it will have been arguing
we will have been arguing
you will have been arguing
they will have been arguing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been arguing
you had been arguing
he/she/it had been arguing
we had been arguing
you had been arguing
they had been arguing
Conditional
I would argue
you would argue
he/she/it would argue
we would argue
you would argue
they would argue
Past Conditional
I would have argued
you would have argued
he/she/it would have argued
we would have argued
you would have argued
they would have argued
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.argue - present reasons and argumentsargue - present reasons and arguments  
re-argue - argue again; "This politician will be forced into re-arguing an old national campaign"
present, lay out, represent - bring forward and present to the mind; "We presented the arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
expostulate - reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion
defend, fend for, support - argue or speak in defense of; "She supported the motion to strike"
2.argue - have an argument about somethingargue - have an argument about something  
stickle - dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
spar - fight verbally; "They were sparring all night"
bicker, brabble, pettifog, squabble, quibble, niggle - argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
altercate, argufy, quarrel, scrap, dispute - have a disagreement over something; "We quarreled over the question as to who discovered America"; "These two fellows are always scrapping over something"
oppose - be against; express opposition to; "We oppose the ban on abortion"
converse, discourse - carry on a conversation
3.argue - give evidence ofargue - give evidence of; "The evidence argues for your claim"; "The results indicate the need for more work"
present, lay out, represent - bring forward and present to the mind; "We presented the arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"

argue

verb
2. discuss, debate, dispute, thrash out, exchange views on, controvert The two of them were arguing this point.
3. claim, question, reason, challenge, insist, maintain, hold, allege, plead, assert, contend, uphold, profess, remonstrate, expostulate His lawyers are arguing that he is unfit to stand trial.
4. demonstrate, show, suggest, display, indicate, imply, exhibit, denote, evince I'd like to argue in a framework that is less exaggerated.
argue someone into something persuade someone to, convince someone to, talk someone into, prevail upon someone to, talk someone round to

argue

verb
1. To put forth reasons for or against something, often excitedly:
3. To put into words positively and with conviction:
Idiom: have it.
4. To give grounds for believing in the existence or presence of:
phrasal verb
argue into
To succeed in causing (a person) to act in a certain way:
Translations
شجرناقشيُجادِلُيُجادِل، يَتَجادَل مَعيُقْنِع
hádat sepřemluvitpřesvědčitpřít sevysvětlit
diskuteredrøfteforsvareovertaleargumentere
kiistellä
raspravljati
érvekkel alátámasztlebeszélvitat
deila, rífaströkræîatelja
立証する論ずる
논쟁하다
argumentasatkalbinėtibūti priešbūti užginčas
argumentētatrunātiestātiespārliecinātpierādīt
argumentovaťzdôvodniť
prepirati sepričkati sezavzemati se
argumenterabråkahävda
โต้เถียง
tartışmakikna etmekmünakaşa etmeksavunmak
tranh luận

argue

[ˈɑːgjuː]
A. VI
1. (= disagree) → discutir; (= fight) → pelearse
his parents were always arguingsus padres estaban siempre discutiendo or peleándose
he started arguing with the refereeempezó a discutir con el árbitro
to argue (with sb) about or over sthdiscutir or pelearse (con algn) por algo
they were arguing about what to do nextestaban discutiendo sobre qué hacer después
she achieved it, you can't argue with thatlo logró, eso es indiscutible
I didn't dare argueno me atreví a llevar la contraria
just get in and don't argue (with me)!¡entra y no (me) discutas!
2. (= reason) he argues wellpresenta sus argumentos de modo convincente, razona bien
to argue against sthdar razones en contra de algo
to argue against doing sthdar razones para que no se haga algo
to argue for sthabogar por algo
he argued for the president's powers to be restrictedabogó en favor de que se limitaran los poderes del presidente
he argues from a deeply religious convictionsus argumentos parten de una profunda convicción religiosa
3. (= indicate)
his lack of experience argues against himsu falta de experiencia es un factor en su contra
it argues well for himes un elemento a su favor
B. VT
1. (= debate) → discutir
I won't argue that pointno voy a discutir ese punto
see also toss A3
2. (= persuade) he argued me into/out of goingme convenció de que fuera/no fuera
he argued his way out of getting the sackconsiguió que no lo despidieran con buenos razonamientos
3. (= maintain) → sostener
to argue thatsostener que
he argued that it couldn't be donesostenía que no se podía hacer
it could be argued that we are not doing enoughse podría decir que no estamos haciendo lo suficiente
4. (= cite, claim) (esp Jur) → alegar
the defence argued diminished responsibilityla defensa alegó un atenuante de responsabilidad
5. to argue a case
5.1. (Jur) → presentar un pleito, exponer un pleito
5.2. (fig) a well argued caseun argumento bien expuesto
to argue the case for sthabogar en favor de algo
6. (= suggest) → indicar
it argues a certain lack of feelingindica cierta falta de sentimientos
argue out VT + ADV [+ problem] → discutir a fondo
they argued the whole thing out over dinnerdiscutieron a fondo todo el asunto durante la cena

argue

[ˈɑːrgjuː]
vi
(= quarrel) → se disputer
They never stop arguing → Ils n'arrêtent pas de se disputer.
to argue about sth, to argue over sth → se disputer au sujet de qch
to argue about sth with sb → se disputer avec qn au sujet de qch
(= put one's case) → argumenter
to argue for sth, to argue in favour of sth → se prononcer en faveur de qch
to argue against sth → se prononcer contre qch
vt (= debate) [+ case, matter, point] → débattre
to argue that ... → prétendre que ..., soutenir que ...

argue

vi
(= dispute)streiten; (= quarrel)sich streiten; (about trivial things) → sich zanken; he is always arguinger widerspricht ständig, er muss immer streiten; there’s no arguing with himmit ihm kann man nicht reden; don’t argue (with me)!keine Widerrede!; don’t argue with your mother!du sollst deiner Mutter nicht widersprechen!; I don’t want to argue, if you don’t want toich will mich nicht streiten, wenn Sie nicht wollen; there is no point in arguingda erübrigt sich jede (weitere) Diskussion; you can’t argue with a line of tanksmit Panzern kann man nicht diskutieren; a 25% increase, you can’t argue with that (inf)eine 25%ige Erhöhung, da kann man nichts sagen (inf)or nicht meckern (inf); he wasn’t used to employees arguingAngestellte, die ihre Meinung sagten, war er nicht gewöhnt
(= present reasons) to argue for or in favour (Brit) or favor (US) of somethingfür etw sprechen; (in book) → sich für etw aussprechen; to argue against somethinggegen etw sprechen; (in book) → sich gegen etw aussprechen; to argue from a position of …von einem or dem Standpunkt (gen)aus argumentieren; this argues in his favour (Brit) or favor (US) → das spricht zu seinen Gunsten; just one thing argues against him/itnur eins spricht gegen ihn/dagegen
vt
(= debate) case, matterdiskutieren, erörtern; (Jur) → vertreten; a well argued caseein gut begründeter or dargelegter Fall; to argue a case for reformdie Sache der Reform vertreten; to argue one’s way out of somethingsich aus etw herausreden
(= maintain)behaupten; he argues that …er vertritt den Standpunkt, dass …, er behauptet, dass …; I’m not arguing that …ich will nicht behaupten, dass …
(= persuade) to argue somebody out of/into somethingjdm etw aus-/einreden
(= indicate)erkennen lassen, verraten

argue

[ˈɑːgjuː]
1. vi
a. (dispute) → litigare
to argue about sth (with sb) → litigare per or a proposito di qc (con qn)
don't argue! → senza tante discussioni!, non discutere!
b. (reason) → ragionare
to argue against/for → portare degli argomenti contro/in favore di
2. vt (debate, case, matter) → dibattere, discutere; (persuade) to argue sb into doing sthpersuadere or convincere qn a fare qc
to argue that ... (maintain) → sostenere or affermare che...

argue

(ˈaːgjuː) verb
1. (with with someone, about something) to quarrel with (a person) or discuss (something) with a person in a not very friendly way. I'm not going to argue; Will you children stop arguing with each other about whose toy that is!
2. (with for, ~against) to suggest reasons for or for not doing something. I argued for/against accepting the plan.
3. (with into, ~out of) to persuade (a person) (not) to do something. I'll try to argue him into going; He argued her out of buying the dress.
4. to discuss, giving one's reasoning. She argued the point very cleverly.
ˈarguable adjective
able to be put forward in argument. It is arguable that he would have been better to go.
ˈargument noun
1. a quarrel or unfriendly discussion. They are having an argument about/over whose turn it is.
2. a set of reasons; a piece of reasoning. The argument for/against going; a philosophical argument.
ˌarguˈmentative (-ˈmentətiv) adjective
fond of arguing.

argue

يُجادِلُ hádat se diskutere argumentieren επιχειρηματολογώ discutir kiistellä se disputer raspravljati discutere 立証する 논쟁하다 ruziën diskutere uzasadnić discutir спорить bråka โต้เถียง tartışmak tranh luận 争论

argue

v. razonar, discutir, sostener.
References in classic literature ?
I can't argue about it, I only know that it's the way of the world, and people who set themselves against it only get laughed at for their pains.
At all events, I, the present writer, as their representative, hereby take shame upon myself for their sakes, and pray that any curse incurred by them -- as I have heard, and as the dreary and unprosperous condition of the race, for many a long year back, would argue to exist -- may be now and henceforth removed.
But when a man's religion becomes really frantic; when it is a positive torment to him; and, in fine, makes this earth of ours an uncomfortable inn to lodge in; then I think it high time to take that individual aside and argue the point with him.
But while now upon so wide a field thus variously accomplished, and with such liveliness of expertness in him, too; all this would seem to argue some uncommon vivacity of intelligence.
Not knowing what to make of this, she began to argue with the conductor, in a language of which he did not understand a word.
A nation has a right to argue, remonstrate, implore, and present the cause of its race,--which an individual has not.
To argue with her that this is nonsense is a waste of breath - her mind is made up, and arguments do not affect it.
I did not believe a word of this, but rather than have trouble I let it go; for it is a waste of breath to argue with a bigot.
I see it warn't no use wasting words -- you can't learn a nigger to argue.
They tried to argue it away by reminding conscience that they had purloined sweetmeats and apples scores of times; but conscience was not to be appeased by such thin plausibilities; it seemed to them, in the end, that there was no getting around the stubborn fact that taking sweetmeats was only "hooking," while taking bacon and hams and such valuables was plain simple stealing -- and there was a command against that in the Bible.
You needn't argue that point," laughed the man, as he stood up to get a glimpse of the "rich blacksmith's daughter" at the gate.
Elinor would not argue upon the propriety of overcoming such feelings;--she only endeavoured to counteract them by working on others;--represented it, therefore, as a measure which would fix the time of her returning to that dear mother, whom she so much wished to see, in a more eligible, more comfortable manner, than any other plan could do, and perhaps without any greater delay.