argue


From 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.
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   2. To prove or evince; too manifest or exhibit by inference,
      deduction, or reasoning.
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            So many laws argue so many sins.      --Milton.
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   3. To persuade by reasons; as, to argue a man into a
      different opinion.
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   4. To blame; to accuse; to charge with. [Obs.]
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            Thoughts and expressions . . . which can be truly
            argued of obscenity, profaneness, or immorality.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   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.
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                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.
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                Unskilled to argue, in dispute yet loud,
                Bold without caution, without honors proud.
                                                  --Falconer.
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                Betwixt the dearest friends to raise debate.
                                                  --Dryden.
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From 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.
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            I argue not
            Against Heaven's hand or will.        --Milton.
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   2. To contend in argument; to dispute; to reason; -- followed
      by with; as, you may argue with your friend without
      convincing him.
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