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verb argue pronunciation in British English /ˈɑː(r)ɡju/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyargue
he/she/itargues
present participlearguing
past tenseargued
past participleargued
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if people argue, they speak to each other in an angry way because they disagree
    Those girls are always arguing!
    argue with: Don’t argue with me – you know I’m right.
    argue about/over: We used to argue over who should drive.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to discuss something with someone who has a different opinion from you
      The programme gives people a chance to argue their ideas.
      argue about/over: They are still arguing over the details of the contract.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to give reasons why you believe that something is right or true
    Successful economies, she argues, are those with the lowest taxes.
    argue for/against: Woolf’s report argued for (=supported) an improvement in prison conditions.
    argue that: Reuben opposed the new road, arguing that it wasn’t worth spending $25 million to cut seven minutes off drivers’ journey times.
    Several people stood up to argue against (=say they do not support) moving the students to the new school.

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