- to establish the truth or genuineness of, as by evidence or argument: to prove one's claim.
- Law. to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will); probate.
- to give demonstration of by action.
- to subject to a test, experiment, comparison, analysis, or the like, to determine quality, amount, acceptability, characteristics, etc.: to prove ore.
- to show (oneself) to have the character or ability expected of one, especially through one's actions.
- Mathematics. to verify the correctness or validity of by mathematical demonstration or arithmetical proof.
- Also proof. Printing. to take a trial impression of (type, a cut, etc.).
- to cause (dough) to rise to the necessary lightness.
- Archaic. to experience.
- to turn out: The experiment proved to be successful.
- to be found by trial or experience to be: His story proved false.
- (of dough) to rise to a specified lightness: Leave covered until it has proved.
Origin of prove
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Examples from the Web for prove
The digital dating sphere can prove tricky, and bruising, for the trans user.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
Lee and Coogan did briefly meet with the pope, with pictures to prove it, but no one at the Vatican officially screened the film.Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 8, 2015
But if you have a hearing and you prove that someone is mature enough, well then that state interest evaporates.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
Week after week, The Daily Beast features classic stories from the past that prove great writing is timeless.The Best of The Stacks: Mencken, Mel Brooks, Allman Brothers, and More
December 27, 2014
He did not plead guilty, and has regularly filed petitions in an effort to prove his innocence.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
As for this new edict, it will prove a rebounding arrow, striking him who sent it.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Everything combines to prove the accuracy of my observations.The Lamplighter
"I'll prove to you that I am worthy of your trust," she said with shining eyes.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
"I think this job is going to prove worth while," he returned.Way of the Lawless
We prove that we are nearer the truth by our greater command of the Father's resources.The Conquest of Fear
- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to establish or demonstrate the truth or validity of; verify, esp by using an established sequence of procedures or statements
- to establish the quality of, esp by experiment or scientific analysis
- law to establish the validity and genuineness of (a will)
- to show (oneself) able or courageous
- (copula) to be found or shown (to be)this has proved useless; he proved to be invaluable
- printing to take a trial impression of (type, etc)
- (intr) (of dough) to rise in a warm place before baking
- archaic to undergo
Word Origin and History for prove
late 12c., pruven, proven "to try, test; evaluate; demonstrate," from Old French prover, pruver "show; convince; put to the test" (11c., Modern French prouver), from Latin probare "to make good; esteem, represent as good; make credible, show, demonstrate; test, inspect; judge by trial" (source also of Spanish probar, Italian probare), from probus "worthy, good, upright, virtuous," from PIE *pro-bhwo- "being in front," from *pro-, extended form of root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per), + root *bhu- "to be" (cf. Latin fui "I have been," futurus "about to be;" Old English beon "to be;" see be). Related: Proved; proven; proving.