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argue


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  I  argue  not  Against  Heaven's  hand  or  will  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  contend  in  argument;  to  dispute;  to  reason;  --  followed 
  by  with  as  you  may  argue  with  your  friend  without 
  convincing  him 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  To  prove  or  evince;  too  manifest  or  exhibit  by  inference, 
  deduction,  or  reasoning. 
 
  So  many  laws  argue  so  many  sins.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  To  persuade  by  reasons;  as  to  argue  a  man  into  a 
  different  opinion. 
 
  4.  To  blame;  to  accuse;  to  charge  with  [Obs.] 
 
  Thoughts  and  expressions  .  .  .  which  can  be  truly 
  argued  of  obscenity,  profaneness,  or  immorality. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  Unskilled  to  argue,  in  dispute  yet  loud,  Bold 
  without  caution,  without  honors  proud. 
  --Falconer. 
 
  Betwixt  the  dearest  friends  to  raise  debate. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  argue 
  v  1:  present  reasons  and  arguments  [syn:  {reason}] 
  2:  have  an  argument  about  something  [syn:  {contend},  {debate}, 
  {fence}] 
  3:  give  evidence  of  "The  evidence  argues  for  your  claim";  "The 
  results  indicate  the  need  for  more  work"  [syn:  {indicate}] 




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