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 provenconfirm, verify, explain, show, try, convince, result, determine, substantiate, test, demonstrate, validate, find, justify, attest, back, evidence, corroborate, evince, check
Examples from the Web for proven
Contemporary Examples of proven
The North Korean hackers have proven to be a persistent adversary, if not the most skilled one.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
But these must be proven under a signed and sworn statement and judged reasonable by the DOH.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic
December 18, 2014
A civilian corollary was proven when ISIS waterboarded journalist James Foley before beheading him.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
But the deliverance and liberation that has been longed for by Jews and Christians has proven to be an elusive thing.During Advent, Lots of Waiting, But Not Enough Hope
December 7, 2014
But so far, the lack of proven Roman artifacts or ruins in the town has raised suspicions.The Chinese Town Descended From Romans?
December 4, 2014
Historical Examples of proven
Mr. Barlee was a proven friend of the colonists and of West Australia.Explorations in Australia
"Whether they're that remains to be proven, Mr. Baumberger!"Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Nor, indeed, could it ever have hurt her, coming from some one so proven as Gaspare.A Spirit in Prison
Just as the one was proven to be older than the others and the others than the one.Parmenides
But that after death the soul will continue to exist is not yet proven even to my own satisfaction.Phaedo
verb proves, proving, proved, proved or proven (mainly tr)
Word Origin for prove
1650s, past participle adjective from alternative past participle (originally in Scottish legal use) of prove (v).
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