argument Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “argument” in the English Dictionary

"argument" in British English

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argumentnoun [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 ​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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(Definition of argument from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"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.
(Definition of argument from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “argument”
in Arabic جِدال…
in Korean 말다툼, 주장…
in Portuguese discussão, argumento…
in Catalan discussió, argument…
in Japanese 口論, 口げんか, 主張…
in Chinese (Simplified) 争执, 争论, 争吵…
in Turkish münakaşa, tartışma, argüman…
in Russian спор, довод…
in Chinese (Traditional) 爭執, 爭論, 爭吵…
in Italian discussione, lite, polemica…
in Polish kłótnia, argument…
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