- to make evident or establish by arguments or reasoning; prove: to demonstrate a philosophical principle.
- to describe, explain, or illustrate by examples, specimens, experiments, or the like: to demonstrate the force of gravity by dropping an object.
- to manifest or exhibit; show: He demonstrated his courage by his actions in battle.
- to display openly or publicly, as feelings: to demonstrate one's anger by slamming a door.
- to exhibit the operation or use of (a device, process, product, or the like), usually to a purchaser or prospect: to demonstrate an automobile.
- 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.
Origin of demonstrate
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Examples from the Web for demonstrate
He was trying, I think, to demonstrate balance and equivalence.Memo to Cops: Criticisms Aren’t Attacks
December 28, 2014
Over the course of the year, Klaus would repeatedly, through word and deed, demonstrate his sympathies with Putin.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
December 22, 2014
A classroom experiment seeks to demonstrate what it looks like.What Is Privilege?
The Daily Beast Video
December 11, 2014
One day, he took a monk with a cleanly shaven head and had him walk around a light bulb to demonstrate this theory.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
December 3, 2014
For the Democrats to win as the Government Party, activist government must demonstrate that it both works and is trustworthy.2016 Is No Democratic Slam Dunk
December 1, 2014
Anyone else can demonstrate it who chooses to make the experiment.The Conquest of Fear
We should in vain, therefore, attempt to demonstrate its falsehood.
You want to demonstrate that you are superior, and you cannot do it.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
So much for the first point which I wished to explain and demonstrate.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part I]
Benedict of Spinoza
At all events, it is as impossible to demonstrate the non-existence of the one unit as the other.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
- (tr) to show, manifest, or prove, esp by reasoning, evidence, etcit is easy to demonstrate the truth of this proposition
- (tr) to evince; reveal the existence ofthe scheme later demonstrated a fatal flaw
- (tr) to explain or illustrate by experiment, example, etc
- (tr) to display, operate, and explain the workings of (a machine, product, etc)
- (intr) to manifest support, protest, etc, by public parades or rallies
- (intr) to be employed as a demonstrator of machinery, etc
- (intr) military to make a show of force, esp in order to deceive one's enemy
Word Origin and History for demonstrate
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.