- 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 demonstrating
He contracted pneumonia, but he recovered and returned to demonstrating.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
He takes great pleasure in demonstrating the monitoring procedure.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
“This project is a wonderful vehicle for exploring and demonstrating how we go about finding out what is true,” he says.How Amelia's Plane Was Found
October 30, 2014
By demonstrating a willingness to criticize President Obama, often rebuking him for his cozy relationship with Wall Street.The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson
September 7, 2014
Are you not defeating the cause by demonstrating violence in your response to a nonviolent, harmless kid?How Not to Reply to a Racist Tweet
August 11, 2014
Somebody been demonstrating that your doll's stuffed with sawdust, Tracey?The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
But, after all, what incontestable defect in it has any one succeeded in demonstrating?The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
He merely wishes to apologize for it by demonstrating the motives from which she acted.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Your husband was just demonstrating his marvelous skill with weapons.--And Devious the Line of Duty
At least, that was where the Makannists were demonstrating against him.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
- (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 demonstrating
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.