demonstrate

[ dem-uhn-streyt ]
/ ˈdɛm ənˌstreɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. demonolater,
  2. demonolatry,
  3. demonology,
  4. demonstrable,
  5. demonstrant,
  6. demonstration,
  7. demonstration model,
  8. demonstrative,
  9. demonstrative pronouns,
  10. demonstrator

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

Word Origin for demonstrate

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

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Word Origin and History for demonstrate

demonstrate

v.

1550s, "to point out," from Latin demonstratus, past participle of demonstrare (see demonstration). Meaning "to point out by argument or deduction" is from 1570s. Related: Demonstrated; demonstrating.

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