verb (used with object), proved, proved or prov·en, prov·ing.
verb (used without object), proved, proved or prov·en, prov·ing.
Origin of prove
Synonyms for prove
Antonyms for prove
Related Words for proveconfirm, verify, explain, show, try, convince, result, determine, substantiate, test, demonstrate, validate, find, justify, attest, back, evidence, corroborate, evince, check
Examples from the Web for prove
Contemporary Examples of prove
The digital dating sphere can prove tricky, and bruising, for the trans user.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
Lee and Coogan did briefly meet with the pope, with pictures to prove it, but no one at the Vatican officially screened the film.Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 8, 2015
But if you have a hearing and you prove that someone is mature enough, well then that state interest evaporates.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
Week after week, The Daily Beast features classic stories from the past that prove great writing is timeless.The Best of The Stacks: Mencken, Mel Brooks, Allman Brothers, and More
December 27, 2014
He did not plead guilty, and has regularly filed petitions in an effort to prove his innocence.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Historical Examples of prove
As for this new edict, it will prove a rebounding arrow, striking him who sent it.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Everything combines to prove the accuracy of my observations.The Lamplighter
"I'll prove to you that I am worthy of your trust," she said with shining eyes.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
"I think this job is going to prove worth while," he returned.Way of the Lawless
We prove that we are nearer the truth by our greater command of the Father's resources.The Conquest of Fear
verb proves, proving, proved, proved or proven (mainly tr)
Word Origin for prove
late 12c., pruven, proven "to try, test; evaluate; demonstrate," from Old French prover, pruver "show; convince; put to the test" (11c., Modern French prouver), from Latin probare "to make good; esteem, represent as good; make credible, show, demonstrate; test, inspect; judge by trial" (source also of Spanish probar, Italian probare), from probus "worthy, good, upright, virtuous," from PIE *pro-bhwo- "being in front," from *pro-, extended form of root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per), + root *bhu- "to be" (cf. Latin fui "I have been," futurus "about to be;" Old English beon "to be;" see be). Related: Proved; proven; proving.
In addition to the idiom beginning with prove
- prove out
- exception proves the rule