What does argue mean?

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ˈɑr gyuar·gue

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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.


  1. argue

    An argument is a statement or group of statements called premises intended to determine the degree of truth or acceptability of another statement called a conclusion. Arguments can be studied from three main perspectives: the logical, the dialectical and the rhetorical perspective.In logic, an argument is usually expressed not in natural language but in a symbolic formal language, and it can be defined as any group of propositions of which one is claimed to follow from the others through deductively valid inferences that preserve truth from the premises to the conclusion. This logical perspective on argument is relevant for scientific fields such as mathematics and computer science. Logic is the study of the forms of reasoning in arguments and the development of standards and criteria to evaluate arguments. Deductive arguments can be valid, and the valid ones can be sound: in a valid argument, premisses necessitate the conclusion, even if one or more of the premises is false and the conclusion is false; in a sound argument, true premises necessitate a true conclusion. Inductive arguments, by contrast, can have different degrees of logical strength: the stronger or more cogent the argument, the greater the probability that the conclusion is true, the weaker the argument, the lesser that probability. The standards for evaluating non-deductive arguments may rest on different or additional criteria than truth—for example, the persuasiveness of so-called "indispensability claims" in transcendental arguments, the quality of hypotheses in retroduction, or even the disclosure of new possibilities for thinking and acting.In dialectics, and also in a more colloquial sense, an argument can be conceived as a social and verbal means of trying to resolve, or at least contend with, a conflict or difference of opinion that has arisen or exists between two or more parties. For the rhetorical perspective, the argument is constitutively linked with the context, in particular with the time and place in which the argument is located. From this perspective, the argument is evaluated not just by two parties (as in a dialectical approach) but also by an audience. In both dialectic and rhetoric, arguments are used not through a formal but through natural language. Since classical antiquity, philosophers and rhetoricians have developed lists of argument types in which premises and conclusions are connected in informal and defeasible ways.


  1. argue

    Argue typically refers to the act of presenting reasons, justification, or evidence in support or against a particular point of view, action, or conclusion, often in a discussion or debate. This can involve verbal or written expression in a rational and systematic manner. Arguing can also mean expressing disagreement or dispute in a contentious context.

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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ARGUE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Argue is ranked #32203 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Argue surname appeared 716 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Argue.

    87% or 623 total occurrences were White.
    10% or 72 total occurrences were Black.
    1.4% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  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

  2. 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. Brad McMillan:

    There are very legitimate reasons for concerns. You could argue the market response has been very rational. At the same time, how much have things really changed? I would argue not much.

  2. Gilbert K. Chesterton:

    People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.

  3. Claire Fallon:

    Anyone who tries to argue that 'The Bachelor' is a feminist franchise is kidding themselves, but I'd also argue that it's retro-ness is what makes it both captivating TV and a fascinating teaching tool.

  4. Ted Futris:

    All couples have disagreements and argue. And, when couples are stressed, they are likely to have more arguments. What distinguishes the marriages that last from those that don’t is not how often they argue, but how they argue and how they treat each other on a daily basis.

  5. John Milton:

    Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

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