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.
- prov·a·ble, adjective
- prov·a·bil·i·ty, prov·a·ble·ness, noun
- prov·a·bly, adverb
- prov·en·ly, adverb
- prover, noun
- half-proved, adjective
- half-proven, adjective
- non·prov·a·ble, adjective
- o·ver·prove, verb (used with object), o·ver·proved, o·ver·proved or o·ver·prov·en, o·ver·prov·ing.
- pre·prove, verb (used with object), pre·proved, pre·proved or pre·prov·en, pre·prov·ing.
- self-proving, adjective
- sem·i·prov·en, adjective
- un·prov·a·ble, adjective
- un·proved, adjective
- un·prov·en, adjective
- un·prov·ing, adjective
- well-proved, adjective
- well-proven, adjective
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How to use prove in a sentence
Experienced practitioners like Arctaris and Four Points prove that OZs can generate both impact and returns.Opportunity Zones haven’t fully reached their potential, but don’t write them off yet | jakemeth | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
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The model of development with a proven record of success has been revealed as extremely dangerous if it continues as it has in the past.
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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 Seconds | Barbie Latza Nadeau | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.The Best of The Stacks: Mencken, Mel Brooks, Allman Brothers, and More | Alex Belth | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Whether they had ever, at different times, pleaded for or against the same cause, and cited precedents to prove contrary opinions?Gulliver's Travels | Jonathan Swift
Accordingly, the question "How far does the note issue under the new system seem likely to prove an elastic one?"Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
The pictures of flowers which this artist paints prove her to be a devoted lover of nature.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
I shall therefore, in my effort to prove the Bible fallible, quote almost wholly from Christian critics.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Letters coming from him from time to time prove that he was alive and well at least until three months ago.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for 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
- provable, adjective
- provability, noun
- provably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with prove
In addition to the idiom beginning with prove
- prove out
- exception proves the rule
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