- 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 proved
Huckabee will also need to establish a reliable fundraising base, something that up until now has proved to be elusive.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
But Cocker proved to be a survivor, bringing his passionate persona to concert halls around the world decade after decade.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
For those unfamiliar, soba is buckwheat noodle dish—and they proved much more popular amongst the public.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
Somebody suggests that if proved they could seriously damage public confidence in the state, posing a national security risk.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
She nonetheless seems to have proved herself the wrong woman to assault.Rape, Lies & Videotape in Ferguson
November 18, 2014
Who could have proved a better protector than Phidias has been?
She did so, and it proved an effectual screen from head to foot.
That he had reason for his distrust was proved by Ben Haley's movements.Brave and Bold
It proved to be a sign some twenty feet high and a whole block long.
Now you know how that Monte Cristo carried on after he'd proved up.
- (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 proved
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.