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[ dem-uhn-streyt ]

verb (used with object)

, dem·on·strat·ed, dem·on·strat·ing.
  1. to make evident or establish by arguments or reasoning; prove:

    to demonstrate a philosophical principle.

    Synonyms: corroborate, verify, confirm, show

  2. to describe, explain, or illustrate by examples, specimens, experiments, or the like:

    to demonstrate the force of gravity by dropping an object.

  3. to manifest or exhibit; show:

    He demonstrated his courage by his actions in battle.

  4. to display openly or publicly, as feelings:

    to demonstrate one's anger by slamming a door.

  5. to exhibit the operation or use of (a device, process, product, or the like), usually to a purchaser or prospect:

    to demonstrate an automobile.

verb (used without object)

, dem·on·strat·ed, dem·on·strat·ing.
  1. to make, give, or take part in, a demonstration:

    The pickets required a license to demonstrate.

  2. Military. to attack or make a show of force to deceive an enemy.


/ ˈdɛmənˌstreɪt /


  1. tr to show, manifest, or prove, esp by reasoning, evidence, etc

    it is easy to demonstrate the truth of this proposition

  2. tr to evince; reveal the existence of

    the scheme later demonstrated a fatal flaw

  3. tr to explain or illustrate by experiment, example, etc
  4. tr to display, operate, and explain the workings of (a machine, product, etc)
  5. intr to manifest support, protest, etc, by public parades or rallies
  6. intr to be employed as a demonstrator of machinery, etc
  7. intr military to make a show of force, esp in order to deceive one's enemy

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Other Words From

  • demon·strated·ly adverb
  • counter·demon·strate verb (used without object) counterdemonstrated counterdemonstrating
  • pre·demon·strate verb (used with object) predemonstrated predemonstrating
  • re·demon·strate verb redemonstrated redemonstrating
  • sub·demon·strate verb (used with object) subdemonstrated subdemonstrating
  • un·demon·strated adjective
  • well-demon·strated adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of demonstrate1

First recorded in 1545–55; from Latin dēmonstrātus, past participle of dēmonstrāre “to show, point out,” equivalent to dē- de- + monstrāre “to show,” verbal derivative of monstrum “sign, portent”; monster ( def )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of demonstrate1

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

Emotional AI assistants, though relatively nascent, could provide mental-health support and have been demonstrated to improve the social skills of autistic children.

Early adopters of Instagram demonstrated that if you can find the right strategy to leverage the platform during its initial days, you can easily become the top influencer and monetize your success.

Nor has China’s leadership demonstrated much sympathy for Zhang’s dilemma.

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Scientists will have to show extensive data demonstrating that off-target edits are rare, and that the early development of genetically-altered embryos is similar to non-edited ones in the lab.

The third is that they should be able to demonstrate that they fulfill both criteria by measuring and reporting their performances against them.

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He was trying, I think, to demonstrate balance and equivalence.

Over the course of the year, Klaus would repeatedly, through word and deed, demonstrate his sympathies with Putin.

A classroom experiment seeks to demonstrate what it looks like.

Some of the comments on this very video actually demonstrate their point in a kind of twisted metastatement.

One day, he took a monk with a cleanly shaven head and had him walk around a light bulb to demonstrate this theory.

For the subsoil of the whole country is very rich, as trees of immense size and height readily demonstrate.

Practical men were therefore generally of the opinion that they could best demonstrate their rights by exhibiting their power.

To demonstrate them, a crust or a hair from the affected area is softened with a few drops of 20 per cent.

We are ourselves satisfied, and undertake to demonstrate to our readers, that this question must be answered in the affirmative.

And then he proceeded with circumspection and dignity to demonstrate the process of decocting that mysterious beverage.