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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
argue (verb)
intransitive verb
1.
to give reasons for or against something - reason argue for a new policy
2.
transitive verb
to contend or disagree in words - dispute argue about money
1.
to give evidence of - indicate the facts argue his innocence
2.
to consider the pros and cons of - discuss argue an issue
3.
to prove or try to prove by giving reasons - maintain asking for a chance to argue his case
4.
to persuade by giving reasons - induce couldn't argue her out of going discuss
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
argue (verb)
1.
to state (something) as a reason in support of or against something under consideration
SYNONIMS:
assert, contend, maintain, plead, reason
RELATED WORDS:
adduce, cite, mention; claim, insist; affirm, aver, avouch, avow; advance, give, offer, propose, submit; advise, counsel, recommend, suggest, urge; convince, persuade; advocate, champion, defend, enforce, espouse, support; explain, justify, rationalize; consider, debate, discuss; confute, counter, disprove, rebut, refute
argue (verb)
2.
to express different opinions about something often angrily
SYNONIMS:
altercate, argufy, bicker, brabble, brawl, controvert, dispute, fall out, fight, hassle, jar, quarrel, quibble, row, scrap, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle
RELATED WORDS:
challenge, dare, defy; clash, contend, contest, tangle; cavil, fuss, nitpick; consider, debate, discuss; kick, object, protest
bandy words, butt heads, lock horns, mix it up
NEAR ANTONYMS:
coexist, get along; accept, agree, assent, concur, consent
argue (verb)
3.
to cause (someone) to agree with a belief or course of action by using arguments or earnest requests
SYNONIMS:
argue, bring, bring around, convert, convince, gain, get, induce, move, prevail (on upon), satisfy, talk (into), win (over)
RELATED WORDS:
blandish, blarney, cajole, coax, entreat, exhort, fast-talk, urge, wheedle; allure, beguile, lead on, lure, seduce, snow, tempt; brainwash, overpersuade; incline, influence, move, prompt, sell, sway; attract, draw, entice, interest; chew over, converse, debate, discuss, dispute, hash (over), moot; reason (with)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
deter, discourage, dissuade, unsell
argue (verb)
4.
to talk about (an issue) usually from various points of view and for the purpose of arriving at a decision or opinion
SYNONIMS:
agitate, argue, bandy, bat (around back and forth), canvass ( canvas), debate, dispute, hash (over out), moot, talk over
RELATED WORDS:
review, speak (about), talk (about); broach, introduce, propound, raise, stir up; forge, hammer out, talk out, thrash (out), wrestle (with); chew over, consider, deliberate, weigh
argue (verb)
5.
to give evidence or testimony to the truth or factualness of
SYNONIMS:
argue, attest, authenticate, bear out, certify, corroborate, substantiate, support, validate, verify, vindicate
RELATED WORDS:
avouch, back (up), testify (to), vouch (for), witness; guarantee, warrant; affirm, assert, aver, avow, declare, profess; demonstrate, document, establish, prove, reinforce ( reenforce)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
contradict, gainsay; deny, disavow, disclaim; challenge, contest, dispute, question
disprove, rebut, refute
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