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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.

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 them: 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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