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IELTS BNC: 674 COCA: 778


argue /ˈɑɚgju/ verb
argues; argued; arguing
argues; argued; arguing
Learner's definition of ARGUE
: to give reasons for or against something : to say or write things in order to change someone's opinion about what is true, what should be done, etc.说理;争论;辩论
[no object]
[+ object]
[+ object] : to cause (someone) to decide to do or not do something by giving reasons说服
[no object] : to disagree or fight by using angry words : quarrel争吵;争执
[no object] : to express doubt or disagreement about something提出质疑;提出反对意见+ with
[no object] : to show that something is or is not necessary, appropriate, etc.表明;显示usually + for or against
[+ object] formal : to give evidence of (something)提供证据;证明

argue the toss

see 2toss

— arguer

noun, plural arguers [count]
IELTS BNC: 674 COCA: 778



ar·​gue ˈär-(ˌ)gyü How to pronounce argue (audio)
argued; arguing

intransitive verb

: to give reasons for or against something : reason
argue for a new policy
: to contend or disagree in words : dispute
They're always arguing about money.

transitive verb

: to give evidence of : indicate
The facts argue his innocence.
: to consider the pros and cons of : discuss
argue an issue
: to prove or try to prove by giving reasons : maintain
asking for a chance to argue his case
: to persuade by giving reasons : induce
couldn't argue her out of going
ˈär-gyə-wər How to pronounce argue (audio)
Choose the Right Synonym for argue

discuss, argue, debate mean to discourse about in order to reach conclusions or to convince.

discuss implies a sifting of possibilities especially by presenting considerations pro and con.

discussed the need for a new highway

argue implies the offering of reasons or evidence in support of convictions already held.

argued that the project would be too costly

debate suggests formal or public argument between opposing parties

debated the merits of the amendment

; it may also apply to deliberation with oneself.

I'm debating whether I should go

Example Sentences

She argued against the proposed law. The senator argued in favor of lowering taxes. He's always willing to argue for what is right. She argued that the proposed law should be defeated. He argued that it's far too early to make a decision. No one can argue me out of doing this. They started arguing about politics. She would argue with anyone. See More
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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French arguer to reprove, argue & Latin arguere to demonstrate, prove; Anglo-French arguer, from Latin argutare to prate, frequentative of arguere; akin to Hittite arkuwai- to plead, respond

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of argue was in the 14th century
IELTS BNC: 674 COCA: 778


1disagree不同意ADVERB | PREPOSITION ADVERBbitterly, fiercely, furiously, heatedly激烈地爭論;憤怒地爭吵loudly大聲地爭論constantly, endlessly不斷地爭吵;無休止地爭論back反駁Magda walked out of the room before her husband could argue back.瑪格達沒等丈夫反駁就走出了房間。PREPOSITIONabout就⋯爭論They argue endlessly about money.他們為錢的事無休止地爭吵。over為⋯爭吵They were arguing over who should have the car that day.他們在為那天該誰用車而爭吵。with和⋯爭吵She's always arguing with her mother.她老是和媽媽鬥嘴。


2give reasons to support opinion說理;辯論ADVERB | VERB + ARGUE | PREPOSITION ADVERBforcefully, passionately, strenuously, strongly, vehemently, vigorously, vociferously據理力爭;激昂地爭辯;竭力爭辯;激烈地辯論;大聲地爭論cogently, compellingly, convincingly, effectively, persuasively, plausibly, powerfully, successfully提出令人信服的證據;有力地辯論;提出有說服力的理由;貌似有理地爭辯;雄辯;成功論證The report argues convincingly that economic help should be given to these countries.該報告提出有力論據,指出應該給予這些國家經濟援助。correctly, reasonably, rightly提出正確的/合理的/公正的證據eloquently能言善辯easily輕易地提出證據You could easily argue that this policy will have no effect.你可以輕易就論證出這項政策不會有效。VERB + ARGUEwish to (formal) 希望證明I would wish to argue that appreciation of the arts should be encouraged for its own sake.我倒是認為,應該提倡為藝術而欣賞藝術。be prepared to打算論證Are you prepared to argue that killing is sometimes justified?你打算論證殺人有時是正當的嗎?attempt to, try to企圖爭辯;試圖論辯go on to繼續論證In her paper she goes on to argue that scientists do not yet know enough about the nature of the disease.她在論文中繼續論證,說科學家對於這種疾病的本質還沒有足夠的認識。be possible to可以論證說明It is possible to argue that the rules are too strict.可以論證說明這些規則過於嚴格了。be difficult to難以爭辯PREPOSITIONagainst論證反對⋯She argued against a rise in interest rates.她據理反對提高利率。for為支持⋯而辯論The general argued for extending the ceasefire.這位將軍提出了延長停火時間的理由。in favour/favor of據理辯論支持⋯They argued in favour / favor of stricter punishments.他們據理辯論,支持施行更嚴厲的懲罰。

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