Argue Ar"gue, v. t. 1. To debate or discuss; to treat by reasoning; as, the counsel argued the cause before a full court; the cause was well argued. [1913 Webster]

2. To prove or evince; too manifest or exhibit by inference, deduction, or reasoning. [1913 Webster]

So many laws argue so many sins. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To persuade by reasons; as, to argue a man into a different opinion. [1913 Webster]

4. To blame; to accuse; to charge with. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Thoughts and expressions . . . which can be truly argued of obscenity, profaneness, or immorality. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Syn: to reason; evince; discuss; debate; expostulate; remonstrate; controvert.

Usage: To {Argue}, {Dispute}, {Debate}. These words, as here compared, suppose a contest between two parties in respect to some point at issue. To argue is to adduce arguments or reasons in support of one's cause or position. To dispute is to call in question or deny the statements or arguments of the opposing party. To debate is to strive for or against in a somewhat formal manner by arguments. [1913 Webster]

Men of many words sometimes argue for the sake of talking; men of ready tongues frequently dispute for the sake of victory; men in public life often debate for the sake of opposing the ruling party, or from any other motive than the love of truth. --Crabb. [1913 Webster]

Unskilled to argue, in dispute yet loud, Bold without caution, without honors proud. --Falconer. [1913 Webster]

Betwixt the dearest friends to raise debate. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • argue — ⇒ARGUE, subst. fém. TECHNOL. Machine à cabestan maintenant la filière où sont dégrossis les blocs d or, d argent, de cuivre ou de laiton; p. ext. la filière elle même ou l atelier où elle fonctionne. ♦ Bureaux de l argue. Lieu ,,où les orfèvres… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • argue — ar·gue vb ar·gued, ar·gu·ing vi 1: to give reasons for or against a matter in dispute arguing for an extension 2: to present a case in court will argue for the defense vt …   Law dictionary

  • argue — argüe (del cat. u occit. «argue»; ant.) m. *Cabrestante. * * * argue. (Del cat. o prov. argue). m. desus. cabrestante (ǁ torno de eje vertical) …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Argue — Ar gue, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Argued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Arguing}.] [OE. arguen, F. arguer, fr. L. argutare, freq. of arguere to make clear; from the same root as E. argent.] 1. To invent and offer reasons to support or overthrow a proposition,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • argüe — (del cat. u occit. «argue»; ant.) m. *Cabrestante. * * * argüe. m. p. us. cabrestante (ǁ torno de eje vertical) …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • argue — [v1] verbally fight altercate, bandy, battle, bicker, break with, buck, bump heads, contend, cross, cross swords, disagree, dispute, face down, face off, feud, gang up on, get in one’s face*, go one on one, hammer, hammer away, hash, hash over,… …   New thesaurus

  • argue — ► VERB (argues, argued, arguing) 1) exchange diverging or opposite views heatedly. 2) give reasons or cite evidence in support of something. ● argue the toss Cf. ↑argue the toss …   English terms dictionary

  • argue — (Del cat.) o prov. argue). m. desus. cabrestante (ǁ torno de eje vertical) …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • argue — [är′gyo͞o] vi. argued, arguing [ME arguen < OFr arguer < VL argutare, for L argutari, to prattle, freq. of arguere, to make clear, prove < IE base * ar(e)g , gleaming (see ARGENT); OFr meaning and form infl. by arguere] 1. to give… …   English World dictionary

  • argué — argué, ée (ar gu é, ée) part. passé. Pièce arguée de faux …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”