argument Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “argument” in the English Dictionary

"argument" in British English

See all translations

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.
More examples

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.
More examples
(Definition of argument from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"argument" in American English

See all translations

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 ​brief summary 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…
What is the pronunciation of argument?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “argument”

Word of the Day

chestnut

a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More