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Definition of argue verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they argue
    he / she / it argues
    past simple argued
    -ing form arguing
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  1. 1[intransitive] to speak angrily to someone because you disagree with them My brothers are always arguing. He's offering to pay so who am I to argue? argue (with somebody) (about/over something) We're always arguing with each other about money. argue with somebody I don't want to argue with you—just do it!
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to give reasons why you think that something is right/wrong, true/not true, etc., especially to persuade people that you are right argue for/against something/doing something They argued for the right to strike. argue something She argued the case for bringing back the death penalty. He was too tired to argue the point (= discuss the matter). a well-argued article argue that… He argued that they needed more time to finish the project. It could be argued that laws are made by and for men. Language Bankneverthelessconceding a point and making a counterargument While the movie is undoubtedly too long, it is nevertheless an intriguing work of art. It can be argued that the movie is too long. It is nonetheless an intriguing work of art. The movie is undoubtedly too long. Still, it is an intriguing work of art. Of course, huge chunks of the book have been sacrificed in order to make a two-hour movie, but it is nevertheless a successful piece of storytelling. Critics are wrong to argue that the movie's plot is too complicated. Certainly there are a couple of major twists, but audiences will have no difficulty following them. It is true that you cannot make a good movie without a good script, but it is equally true that a talented director can make a good script into an excellent movie. It remains to be seen whether these two movies herald a new era of westerns, but there is no doubt that they represent welcome additions to the genre. Language Bankperhapsmaking an opinion sound less definite Most cybercrime involves traditional crimes, such as theft and fraud, being committed in new ways. Phishing is perhaps/possibly/probably the best-known example of this. It seems/appears that the more personal data that organizations collect, the more opportunity there is for this information to be lost or stolen. It seems clear that the widespread use of Social Security numbers to identify people contributes to the problem of identity theft. It could be argued that the widespread use of Social Security numbers to identify people contributes to the problem of identity theft. It is possible that/It may be that the only way to protect ourselves against DNA identity theft is to avoid the creation of national DNA databases.
  3. 3[transitive] argue something (formal) to show clearly that something exists or is true These latest developments argue a change in government policy.
  4. Language Bankargueverbs for reporting an opinion Some critics argue that Picasso remained a great master all his life. Others maintain that his post-war work showed a significant deterioration in quality. Picasso himself claimed that good art is created, but great art is stolen. As Smith has noted, Picasso borrowed imagery from African art. As the author points out, Picasso borrowed imagery from African art. The writer challenges the notion that Picasso's sculpture was secondary to his painting. It has been suggested that/Sanchez suggests that Picasso's painting was influenced by jazz music. Phrasal Verbsargue with something
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