1. To put forth reasons for or against; debate: It is time to stop arguing tax-rate reductions and to enact them(Paul Craig Roberts).
2. To attempt to prove by reasoning; maintain or contend: The speaker argued that more immigrants should be admitted to the country.
3. To give evidence of; indicate: Similarities cannot always be used to argue descent(Isaac Asimov).
4. To persuade or influence (another), as by presenting reasons: argued the clerk into lowering the price.
1. To put forth reasons for or against something: argued for dismissal of the case; argued against an immediate counterattack.
2. To engage in a quarrel; dispute.
[Middle English arguen, from Old French arguer, from Latin argtre, to babble, chatter, frequentative of arguere, to make clear; see arg- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: argue, quarrel1, wrangle, squabble, bicker These verbs denote verbal exchange expressing conflict. To argue is to present reasons or facts in order to persuade someone of something: I am not arguing with youI am telling you (James McNeill Whistler). Quarrel stresses hostility: The children quarreled over whose turn it was to wash the dishes. Wrangle refers to loud, contentious argument: audiences . . . who can be overheard wrangling about film facts in restaurants and coffee houses (Sheila Benson). Squabble suggests petty or trivial argument: The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin . . . would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities (Theodore Roosevelt). Bicker connotes sharp, persistent, bad-tempered exchange: The senators bickered about the Presidents tax proposal for weeks. See Also Synonyms at discuss, indicate.
argue /rgyu/ v.-gued, -guing, -gues1 [T] to fight with words: His mother and father argue with each other all the time.2 [I] to disagree, contest what s.o. says in a formal, logical way: The two lawyers argued their case in court.-adj.arguably.
Thesaurus: argue 1 quarrel about (or) over, fight about, wrangle. Ant. to agree. 2 to discuss formally, present logically.