When people argue, they disagree with each other, sometimes loudly. You don’t always have to yell when you argue, though, sometimes you’re just trying to prove a point. If your mom tells you to be home for dinner, don’t argue!

When you think of the word argue, you might think of angry people screaming at one another, but that’s only one meaning of this verb. The other is "to present reasons and evidence about a stance or opinion." For example, if you give a speech in support of world peace, you might argue that nations accomplish more when they work together, giving examples to support this idea. When you present reasons why you believe in something, you argue for it.

Definitions of argue
  1. verb
    have an argument about something
    synonyms: contend, debate, fence
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    dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
    fight verbally
    bicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, quibble, squabble
    argue over petty things
    altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap
    have a disagreement over something
    be against; express opposition to
    brawl, wrangle
    quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
    engage in a brief and petty quarrel
    polemicise, polemicize, polemise, polemize
    engage in a controversy
    fall out
    have a breach in relations
    contend, contest, repugn
    make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
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    converse, discourse
    carry on a conversation
  2. verb
    present reasons and arguments
    synonyms: reason
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    argue again
    reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion
    defend, fend for, support
    argue or speak in defense of
    apologise, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize
    defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
    stand up, stick up
    defend against attack or criticism
    stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
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    lay out, present, represent
    bring forward and present to the mind
  3. verb
    give evidence of
    “The evidence argues for your claim”
    synonyms: indicate
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    type of:
    lay out, present, represent
    bring forward and present to the mind
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