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Borrowed from Old French arguer, from Latin arguere (to declare, show, prove, make clear, reprove, accuse), q.v. for more.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɑː.ɡjuː/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɑɹ.ɡju/
  • (file)


argue (third-person singular simple present argues, present participle arguing, simple past and past participle argued)

  1. To show grounds for concluding (that); to indicate, imply.
    • 1910, ‘Saki’, "The Soul of Laploshka", Reginald in Russia:
      To have killed Laploshka was one thing; to have kept his beloved money would have argued a callousness of feeling of which I was not capable.
  2. (intransitive) To debate, disagree, or discuss opposing or differing viewpoints.
    He also argued for stronger methods to be used against China.
    He argued as follows: America should stop Lend-Lease convoying, because it needs to fortify its own Army with the supplies.
    The two boys argued over a disagreement about the science project.
  3. (intransitive) To have an argument, a quarrel.
  4. (transitive) To present (a viewpoint or an argument therefor).
    • 2018, Kristin Lawless, Formerly known as food, →ISBN, page 192:
      Food manufacturers would argue that food additives and chemical-laden packaging extend shelf life, keep food production costs down, and enhance flavors; chemical manufacturers would argue that their various pesticides and herbicides protect crops and help farmers.
    He argued his point.
    He argued that America should stop Lend-Lease convoying because it needed to fortify its own Army with the supplies.
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To prove.
  6. (obsolete, transitive) To accuse.

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  1. second-person singular present active imperative of arguō