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argument

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈɑːɡ.jʊ.mənt/ us    /ˈɑːrɡ-/

argument noun [C or U] (DISAGREEMENT)

B1 a disagreement, or the process of disagreeing: The children had an argument about/over what game to play. He got into an argument with Jeff in the pub last night. A decision was finally made after some heated argument.
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argument noun [C or U] (REASON)

B2 a reason or reasons why you support or oppose an idea or suggestion, or the process of explaining these reasons: Now that we've heard all the arguments for and against the proposal, let's vote on it. [+ that] Her husband was not convinced by her argument that they needed a bigger house. I don't think that's a very strong/convincing/powerful argument. The central argument (= main point) of the book is that some of the plays were not written by Shakespeare.
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Translations of “argument”
in Korean 말다툼, 주장…
in Arabic جِدال…
in Portuguese discussão, argumento…
in Catalan discussió, argument…
in Japanese 口論, 口げんか, 主張…
in Italian discussione, lite, polemica…
in Chinese (Traditional) 爭執, 爭論, 爭吵…
in Russian спор, довод…
in Turkish münakaşa, tartışma, argüman…
in Chinese (Simplified) 争执, 争论, 争吵…
in Polish kłótnia, argument…
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