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argue for

1. To state reasons in support of someone or something. My mother has spent her life arguing for women's rights. She's my daughter—I will always argue for her.
2. To serve as evidence in support of something. Hinton's novel argues for an understanding of youth as a complex, traumatic time.
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argue for someone or something

to make a case in favor of someone or something; to speak on behalf of someone or something in an argument. Are you prepared to argue strongly for this proposal? We will argue for our candidate in the debate.
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argue for

v.
1. To put forth reasons supporting something; make a case for something: The students argued for a new gymnasium, but the administration did not want to spend the money needed to build it.
2. To act as evidence or support for something: These new facts argue for a different analysis. The fact that your route to work is so slow argues for giving my suggestion a try.
3. To speak on behalf of someone in an argument: Lawyers are supposed to argue for their clients.
See also: argue
References in classic literature ?
He was arguing for his life, and he knew it; but he was neither excited nor afraid.
But Bonnie Robin-Vergeer, arguing for Ceballos, said the line between citizen and employee is ``malleable,'' and maintained Ceballos was writing his memo to the government, not for the government.
In Mind: A Brief Introduction, Searle provides an iconoclastic overview of the philosophy of mind, arguing for a position that accepts that the mind is materially based without dismissing or downplaying mental phenomena.
Berger restores an internationalist perspective to the study of socialism, arguing for a common history of European labor movements that transcends national boundaries while inviting comparison with non-European movements.
Arguing for a Christian vision committed to both the common good and human dignity, the bishops urged Catholics to exercise their political responsibility in the service of a more just and humane society.
Charles Murray, arguing for the abolition of welfare in Losing Ground, 1984
Fortunately, two of free trade's most able defenders have written new books arguing for renewed efforts at opening global markets.
And, recently, they went to federal court arguing for a constitutional right to sue national parks as rent-free retail space for T-shirt vendors.
In arguing for competitive innovation rather than the monopolistic variety, Boldrin and Levine emphasize that they are not saying creators don't have rights.