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"argue" in British English

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argueverb

uk   /ˈɑːɡ.juː/  us   /ˈɑːrɡ-/
  • argue verb (DISAGREE)

B1 [I] to ​speakangrily to someone, ​telling that ​person that you ​disagree with them: The ​children are always arguing. Kids, will you ​stop arguing with each other? They were arguing over/about which ​film to go and ​see.

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  • argue verb (GIVE REASONS)

B2 [I or T] to give the ​reasons for ​youropinion, ​idea, ​belief, etc.: The ​senator argued for/in ​favour of/against making ​cuts in ​militaryspending. [+ that] The ​senator argued thatcuts in ​militaryspending were ​needed. You can argue the case either way.
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(Definition of argue from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"argue" in American English

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argueverb

 us   /ˈɑr·ɡju/
  • argue verb (DISAGREE)

[I] to ​disagree esp. ​strongly and sometimes ​angrily in ​talking or ​discussing something: They argued about ​money. I can’t argue with you about that (= I ​agree with you).
  • argue verb (GIVE REASONS)

[I/T] to give the ​reasons for ​youropinion about the ​truth of something or to ​explain why you ​believe something should be done: [I] They argued for/against a ​taxcut. [I/T] law To argue is also to ​represent the ​case of someone in a ​court of ​law.
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