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argue

ar·gue

argue

 
pronunciation:
arg yu
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: argued, argues, arguing
definition 1: to put forward reasons for or against something.
Many parents argued in favor of expanding the arts program.Some citizens argued against the construction of a new library.
similar words:
contend, debate, declare, dispute, propound, protest, reason, remonstrate
definition 2: to have a battle with words; quarrel; contend.
The couple argued until late at night.The children argued over which game to play.I don't want to argue with you about this again.
synonyms:
contend, disagree, dispute, expostulate, quarrel, remonstrate
similar words:
bicker, clash, contest, debate, feud, spar, wrangle
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to maintain or contend (often fol. by a clause).
He thought he'd proved his point, but his colleague argued that he hadn't presented enough evidence.Her parents argued that it was foolish to marry a man whom she had known for so little time.His partner argued that summer was not the right time to expand the business.
synonyms:
assert, claim, contend, insist, maintain
similar words:
debate, dispute, object, state
definition 2: to debate.
He argued the point successfully.
synonyms:
controvert, debate, dispute
similar words:
counter, protest
definition 3: to persuade.
They argued her out of going away to college.
synonyms:
convince, induce, persuade, sway
similar words:
coax, dissuade, influence
derivation: arguer (n.)
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