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verb argue pronunciation in British English /ˈɑː(r)ɡju/
Word Forms
present tense
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 driversjourney times.

    Several people stood up to argue against (=say they do not support) moving the students to the new school.


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