# prove

- to establish the truth or genuineness of, as by evidence or argument: to prove one's claim.
- Law. to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will); probate.
- to give demonstration of by action.
- to subject to a test, experiment, comparison, analysis, or the like, to determine quality, amount, acceptability, characteristics, etc.: to prove ore.
- to show (oneself) to have the character or ability expected of one, especially through one's actions.
- Mathematics. to verify the correctness or validity of by mathematical demonstration or arithmetical proof.
- Also proof. Printing. to take a trial impression of (type, a cut, etc.).
- to cause (dough) to rise to the necessary lightness.
- Archaic. to experience.

- to turn out: The experiment proved to be successful.
- to be found by trial or experience to be: His story proved false.
- (of dough) to rise to a specified lightness: Leave covered until it has proved.

## Origin of prove

## Synonyms for prove

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com## Antonyms for prove

## Usage note

## Related Words for prove

confirm, 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.

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 SecondsBarbie 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.

Week after week, The Daily Beast features classic stories from the past that prove great writing is timeless.

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 2015Movements.Org

December 25, 2014

### Historical Examples of prove

As for this new edict, it will prove a rebounding arrow, striking him who sent it.

PhilotheaLydia Maria Child

Everything combines to prove the accuracy of my observations.

The LamplighterCharles Dickens

"I'll prove to you that I am worthy of your trust," she said with shining eyes.

Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton CampusJessie Graham Flower

"I think this job is going to prove worth while," he returned.

Way of the LawlessMax Brand

We prove that we are nearer the truth by our greater command of the Father's resources.

The Conquest of FearBasil King

## prove

- (may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to establish or demonstrate the truth or validity of; verify, esp by using an established sequence of procedures or statements
- to establish the quality of, esp by experiment or scientific analysis
- law to establish the validity and genuineness of (a will)
- to show (oneself) able or courageous
- (copula) to be found or shown (to be)this has proved useless; he proved to be invaluable
- printing to take a trial impression of (type, etc)
- (intr) (of dough) to rise in a warm place before baking
- archaic to undergo

## Word Origin for prove

## Word Origin and History 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.

## Idioms and Phrases with prove

## prove

In addition to the idiom beginning with prove

- prove out

also see:

- exception proves the rule