prove

[ proov ]
/ pruv /

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

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

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Origin of prove

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

usage note for prove

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM prove

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British Dictionary definitions for proven (1 of 2)

proven
/ (ˈpruːvən) /

verb

a past participle of prove

adjective

tried; testeda proven method

Derived forms of proven

provenly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for proven (2 of 2)

prove
/ (pruːv) /

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

Derived forms of prove

provable, adjectiveprovability, nounprovably, adverb

Word Origin for prove

C12: from Old French prover, from Latin probāre to test, from probus honest
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Idioms and Phrases with proven

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