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demonstrate

[ dem-uhn-streyt ]
/ ˈdɛm ənˌstreɪt /
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verb (used with object), dem·on·strat·ed, dem·on·strat·ing.

verb (used without object), dem·on·strat·ed, dem·on·strat·ing.

to make, give, or take part in, a demonstration: The pickets required a license to demonstrate.
Military. to attack or make a show of force to deceive an enemy.

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Origin of demonstrate

1545–55; <Latin dēmonstrātus, past participle of dēmonstrāre to show, point out, equivalent to dē-de- + monstrāre to show, verbal derivative of monstrum sign, portent
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British Dictionary definitions for demonstrate

demonstrate
/ (ˈdɛmənˌstreɪt) /

verb

C16: from Latin dēmonstrāre to point out, from monstrāre to show
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