What does argue mean?

Definitions for argue
ˈɑr gyuar·gue

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word argue.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. argue, reasonverb

    present reasons and arguments

  2. argue, contend, debate, fenceverb

    have an argument about something

  3. argue, indicateverb

    give evidence of

    "The evidence argues for your claim"; "The results indicate the need for more work"


  1. argueverb

    To prove.

  2. argueverb

    To shows grounds for concluding (that); to indicate, imply.

  3. argueverb

    To debate, disagree or discuss opposing or differing viewpoints.

  4. argueverb

    To have an argument, a quarrel.

  5. argueverb

    To present (a viewpoint or an argument therefor).

  6. Etymology: From arguer, from arguere, probably connected with ἀργός; see argent, and compare declare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Argueverb

    If the world’s age and death be argued well,
    By the sun’s fall, which now toward’s earth doth bend,
    Then we might fear that virtue, since she fell
    So low as woman, should be near her end. John Donne.

    So many laws argue so many sins
    Among them: how can God with such reside? Parad. Lost.

    It argues distemper of the mind as well as of the body, when a man is continually tossing from one side to the other. South.

    This argues a virtue and disposition in those sides of the rays, which answers to that virtue and disposition of the crystal. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    I have pleaded guilty to all thoughts and expressions of mine, which can be truly argued of obscenity, profaneness, or immorality, and retract them. John Dryden, Fables, Preface.

    The accidents are not the same, which would have argued him of a servile copying, and total barrenness of invention; yet the seas were the same. John Dryden, Fab. Pref.

  2. To ARGUEverb

    Etymology: arguo, Lat.

    I know your majesty has always lov’d her
    So dear in heart, not to deny her what
    A woman of less place might ask by law;
    Scholars allow’d freely to argue for her. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    Publick arguing oft serves not only to exasperate the minds, but to whet the wits of hereticks. Decay of Piety.

    An idea of motion, not passing on, would perplex any one, who should argue from such an idea. John Locke.

    It is a sort of poetical logick which I would make use of, to argue you into a protection of this play. William Congreve, Old Bat. Ded to.

    Why do christians, of several persuasions, so fiercely argue against the salvability of each other. Decay of Piety.

    He that by often arguing against his own sense, imposes falsehoods on others, is not far from believing himself. John Locke.

    I do not see how they can argue with any one, without setting down strict boundaries. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Argueverb

    to invent and offer reasons to support or overthrow a proposition, opinion, or measure; to use arguments; to reason

  2. Argueverb

    to contend in argument; to dispute; to reason; -- followed by with; as, you may argue with your friend without convincing him

  3. Argueverb

    to debate or discuss; to treat by reasoning; as, the counsel argued the cause before a full court; the cause was well argued

  4. Argueverb

    to prove or evince; too manifest or exhibit by inference, deduction, or reasoning

  5. Argueverb

    to persuade by reasons; as, to argue a man into a different opinion

  6. Argueverb

    to blame; to accuse; to charge with

  7. Etymology: [OE. arguen, F. arguer, fr. L. argutare, freq. of arguere to make clear; from the same root as E. argent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Argue

    ärg′ū, v.t. prove or evince: to prove by argument: to discuss: (obs.) to accuse.—v.i. to offer reasons: to dispute (with against, for, with, about):—pr.p. arg′ūing; pa.p. arg′ūed.—adj. Arg′ūable, capable of being argued.—n. Arg′ūer, one who argues: a reasoner.—To argue (a person) into, or out of, to persuade him into, or out of, a certain course of action. [O. Fr. arguer—L. argutāre, freq. of arguĕre, to prove.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'argue' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2456

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'argue' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2346

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'argue' in Verbs Frequency: #154

Anagrams for argue »

  1. auger, rugae

  2. Auger

  3. Rugae

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of argue in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of argue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of argue in a Sentence

  1. Bill Stone:

    You are in a place where the U.S. economy is a little softer, at least the data we are getting. I would argue it is still on solid footing, it is just we are in a bit of an ebb and the market is kind of ebbing with it a little bit.

  2. Donald Trump:

    We're going to renegotiate or we're going to pull out, we think trade is so obviously positive for every economy that it’s like trying to argue with a friend that he needs to breathe.

  3. Takahashi Kawakami:

    Abe can argue that denuclearization talks will take more time, it's unlikely to hurt his public approval at home, and it will give Trump a bump.

  4. Gilbert K. Chesterton:

    People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.

  5. Alessandro Merli:

    In this phase, Germany needs someone who can speak and argue with some authority on monetary policy, therefore, Lautenschlaeger was not of much use in the Executive Board.

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