[ proov ]
/ pruv /

verb (used with object), proved, proved or prov·en, prov·ing.

verb (used without object), proved, proved or prov·en, prov·ing.

Nearby words

  1. prout,
  2. prov,
  3. prov.,
  4. provable,
  5. provascular tissue,
  6. prove out,
  7. provection,
  8. provedore,
  9. proven,
  10. provenance

Origin of prove

1125–75; Middle English proven < Old French prover < Latin probāre to try, test, prove, approve, derivative of probus good. See probity

Related forms

Usage note

Either proved or proven is standard as the past participle of prove : Events have proved (or proven ) him wrong. As a modifier, proven is by far the more common: a proven fact. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proven


/ (ˈpruːvən) /


a past participle of prove


tried; testeda proven method
Derived Formsprovenly, adverb


/ (pruːv) /

verb proves, proving, proved, proved or proven (mainly tr)

Derived Formsprovable, adjectiveprovability, nounprovably, adverb

Word Origin for prove

C12: from Old French prover, from Latin probāre to test, from probus honest

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Word Origin and History for proven
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Idioms and Phrases with proven


In addition to the idiom beginning with prove

  • prove out

also see:

  • exception proves the rule
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