1. present reasons and arguments;
[syn: argue, reason]
2. have an argument about something;
[syn: argue, contend, debate, fence]
3. give evidence of;
- Example: "The evidence argues for your claim"
- Example: "The results indicate the need for more work"
[syn: argue, indicate]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Argue \Ar"gue\, v. t. 1. To debate or discuss; to treat by reasoning; as, the counsel argued the cause before a full court; the cause was well argued. [1913 Webster] 2. To prove or evince; too manifest or exhibit by inference, deduction, or reasoning. [1913 Webster] So many laws argue so many sins. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. To persuade by reasons; as, to argue a man into a different opinion. [1913 Webster] 4. To blame; to accuse; to charge with. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Thoughts and expressions . . . which can be truly argued of obscenity, profaneness, or immorality. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Syn: to reason; evince; discuss; debate; expostulate; remonstrate; controvert. Usage: To Argue, Dispute, Debate. These words, as here compared, suppose a contest between two parties in respect to some point at issue. To argue is to adduce arguments or reasons in support of one's cause or position. To dispute is to call in question or deny the statements or arguments of the opposing party. To debate is to strive for or against in a somewhat formal manner by arguments. [1913 Webster] Men of many words sometimes argue for the sake of talking; men of ready tongues frequently dispute for the sake of victory; men in public life often debate for the sake of opposing the ruling party, or from any other motive than the love of truth. --Crabb. [1913 Webster] Unskilled to argue, in dispute yet loud, Bold without caution, without honors proud. --Falconer. [1913 Webster] Betwixt the dearest friends to raise debate. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Argue \Ar"gue\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Argued; p. pr. & vb. n. Arguing.] [OE. arguen, F. arguer, fr. L. argutare, freq. of arguere to make clear; from the same root as E. argent.] 1. To invent and offer reasons to support or overthrow a proposition, opinion, or measure; to use arguments; to reason. [1913 Webster] I argue not Against Heaven's hand or will. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To contend in argument; to dispute; to reason; -- followed by with; as, you may argue with your friend without convincing him. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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