argue

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.

Primary Meanings of argue

1.
v
have an argument about something
2.
v
present reasons and arguments
Full Definitions of argue
1

v have an argument about something

Synonyms:
contend, debate, fence
Types:
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stickle
dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
spar
fight verbally
bicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, quibble, squabble
argue over petty things
altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap
have a disagreement over something
oppose
be against; express opposition to
brawl, wrangle
to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
spat
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
to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
Type of:
converse, discourse
carry on a conversation
2

v present reasons and arguments

Synonyms:
reason
Types:
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re-argue
argue again
expostulate
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
uphold
stand up for; stick up for; of causes, principles, or ideals
Type of:
lay out, present, represent
bring forward and present to the mind

v give evidence of

“The evidence argues for your claim”
Synonyms:
indicate
Type of:
lay out, present, represent
bring forward and present to the mind

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