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argumentnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈɑːɡ.jə.mənt/  us   /ˈɑːrɡ.jə.mənt/
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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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 ​biggerhouse. I don't ​think that's a very strong/​convincing/​powerful argument. The ​central argument (= ​mainpoint) of the ​book is that some of the ​plays were not written by Shakespeare.

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"argument" in American English

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argumentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈɑr·ɡjə·mənt/
  • argument noun [C] (IDEAS)

literature the ​subjectmatter of a written ​work and the ​development of the ​ideas in it
An argument is also a ​briefsummary of a written ​work
  • argument noun [C] (REASONS)

the ​reasons for ​youropinion about the ​truth of something or an ​explanation of why you ​believe something should be done: A good argument can be made for ​providinghealthinsurance for all ​children.
law An argument is a lawyer’s ​representation of a ​case in a ​court of ​law.
  • argument noun [C] (DISAGREEMENT)

a ​strong and sometimes ​angrydisagreement in ​talking or ​discussing something: I had an argument with my ​boss.
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