An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to quarrel)
a. discutir
My parents are always arguing about money.Mis padres siempre están discutiendo por el dinero.
b. pelearse
Couples who argue in public are the worst.Las parejas que se pelean en público son lo peor.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (to allege)
a. argumentar
The defendant argued that he was not present at the scene of the crime.El acusado argumentó que no estaba presente en el lugar del crimen.
b. sostener
My husband argues that it's better to clean our own house than hire a maid.Mi marido sostiene que es mejor limpiar nuestra propia casa que contratar a una criada.
c. alegar
The governor argued that he hadn't traded political favors for money.El gobernador alegó que no había cambiado favores políticos por dinero.
3. (to discuss)
a. discutir
We've argued this point to death. Can't we move on?Hemos discutido este punto hasta más no poder. ¿No podemos hablar de otra cosa?
4. (to present)
a. presentar
The attorney will argue the case in front of the judge tomorrow.El abogado presentará el caso ante el juez mañana.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (case, position)
a. argumentar
to argue that…aducir or argumentar que…
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (quarrel)
a. discutir
to argue about somethingdiscutir sobre algo
to argue forabogar por
to argue againstoponerse a
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argue [ˈɑːɡjuː]
intransitive verb
1 (disagree) discutir; (fight) pelearse
his parents were always arguing sus padres estaban siempre discutiendo or peleándose; he started arguing with the referee empezó a discutir con el árbitro; to argue (with sb) about or over sth discutir or pelearse (con algn) por algo; they were arguing about what to do next estaban discutiendo sobre qué hacer después
she achieved it, you can't argue with that lo logró, eso es indiscutible
I didn't dare argue no me atreví a llevar la contraria
just get in and don't argue (with me)! ¡entra y no (me) discutas!
will you kids stop arguing! the children go to bed at 8.30 - no one dares argue they're just arguing for the sake of arguing we argued all night we were always arguing about over money what are you arguing about now? we produced the best soccer of the tournament - nobody would argue with that they were arguing over who should go first they were still arguing - I could hear them down the road it's not worth arguing about he was arguing with the king about the need to maintain the cavalry at full strength they are arguing over foreign policy
2 (reason)
he argues well presenta sus argumentos de modo convincente; razona bien
to argue against sth dar razones en contra de algo
he argued against the proposed tax increases the report argues against tax increases that is difficult to argue against
to argue against doing sth dar razones para que no se haga algo
he argued against doing it
to argue for sth abogar por algo
he argued for the president's powers to be restricted abogó en favor de que se limitaran los poderes del presidente
the United Nations is arguing strongly for disarmament I think he is arguing for a lost cause they are arguing for a national debate on the issue
he argues from a deeply religious conviction sus argumentos parten de una profunda convicción religiosa
he argues from a Marxist position they are arguing from a position of strength the study argues from established facts I've argued deductively from the text those who argue from a Marxist position
3 (indicate)
this argues in her favour The wound and its nature might seem to argue in favour of Jessie Weston's hypothesis
his lack of experience argues against him su falta de experiencia es un factor en su contra
it argues well for him es un elemento a su favor
transitive verb
1 (debate) discutir
I won't argue that point no voy a discutir ese punto
they began arguing politics sometimes he can't be bothered to argue a point at the other end of the table Bob Chantrey was arguing a point of tactics the two of them, sitting in their office, were arguing this point a letter arguing the merits of a political union between England and Scotland
2 (persuade)
to argue sb [into]/[out of] sth, doing sth
he argued me into/out of going me convenció de que fuera/no fuera
we argued him out of the idea we argued him out of ordering the roast duck they wanted to cut down the trees in our yard, but we managed to argue them out of that he argued me into believing it
he argued his way out of getting the sack consiguió que no lo despidieran con buenos razonamientos
he was trying to argue his way out of the situation you'll just have to argue your way out of it will President Clinton manage to argue his way out of the situation? I managed to argue my way out of that situation
3 (maintain) sostener
to argue that sostener que; he argued that it couldn't be done sostenía que no se podía hacer; it could be argued that we are not doing enough se podría decir que no estamos haciendo lo suficiente
his lawyers are arguing that he is unfit to stand trial he argues that it is an illusion to speak of freedom
4 (cite, claim) especially (Jur) alegar
the defence argued diminished responsibility la defensa alegó un atenuante de responsabilidad
to argue a case
(Jur) presentar un pleito; exponer un pleito
he was not in court to hear his counsel Mark Cram QC argue his case how will you argue the case? Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe argues cases before the court frequently
one can argue any case if one is sufficiently clever Always make sure you have a fully worked-out plan and can argue the case Pete could marshall all the facts and argue his case superbly
a well argued case un argumento bien expuesto; to argue the case for sth abogar en favor de algo
I argued the case for an independent inquiry he will argue the case for most-favored-nation trade status
6 (suggest) indicar
it argues a certain lack of feeling indica cierta falta de sentimientos
it argues his untrustworthiness it argues him to be untrustworthy
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