argues, arguing, argued
1) V-RECIP If one person argues with another, they speak angrily to each other about something that they disagree about. You can also say that two people argue.

[V with n] The committee is concerned about players' behaviour, especially arguing with referees...

[pl-n V] They were still arguing; I could hear them down the road. [Also V about/over n]

2) VERB: usu imper with neg If you tell someone not to argue with you, you want them to do or believe what you say without protest or disagreement.

[V with n] Don't argue with me...

The children go to bed at 10.30. No one dares argue.

3) V-RECIP If you argue with someone about something, you discuss it with them, with each of you giving your different opinions.

[V with n about/over n] He was arguing with the King about the need to maintain the cavalry at full strength...

[pl-n V about/over n] They are arguing over foreign policy...

[pl-n V n] The two of them sitting in their office were arguing this point.

4) VERB If you argue that something is true, you state it and give the reasons why you think it is true.

[V that] His lawyers are arguing that he is unfit to stand trial...

[it be V-ed that] It could be argued that the British are not aggressive enough. [Also V with quote, V n]

5) VERB If you argue for something, you say why you agree with it, in order to persuade people that it is right. If you argue against something, you say why you disagree with it, in order to persuade people that it is wrong.

[V for/against n] The report argues against tax increases...

[V n] I argued the case for an independent central bank.

6) VERB If you argue, you support your opinions with evidence in an ordered or logical way.

[V adv/prep] I've argued deductively from the text...

[V adv/prep] I'd like to argue in a framework that is less exaggerated. [Also V]

7) VERB: with brd-neg (emphasis) If you say that no-one can argue with a particular fact or opinion, you are emphasizing that it is obviously true and so everyone must accept it. [SPOKEN]

[V with n] We produced the best soccer of the tournament. Nobody would argue with that. [Also V that]

8) argue the tosssee toss
Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.


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