[ dem-uhn-streyt ]
/ ˈdɛm ənˌstreɪt /

verb (used with object), dem·on·strat·ed, dem·on·strat·ing.

verb (used without object), dem·on·strat·ed, dem·on·strat·ing.

to make, give, or take part in, a demonstration: The pickets required a license to demonstrate.
Military. to attack or make a show of force to deceive an enemy.

Origin of demonstrate

1545–55; < Latin dēmonstrātus, past participle of dēmonstrāre to show, point out, equivalent to dē- de- + monstrāre to show, verbal derivative of monstrum sign, portent

SYNONYMS FOR demonstrate

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Examples from the Web for well-demonstrated

  • Moreover, he was regular, and never went out except for well-demonstrated requirements of the orchard and vegetable garden.

    Les Misrables|Victor Hugo

British Dictionary definitions for well-demonstrated (1 of 2)


adjective (well demonstrated when postpositive)

(of an ability, fact, idea, etc) shown, manifested, or proved convincingly or thoroughly

British Dictionary definitions for well-demonstrated (2 of 2)


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Word Origin for demonstrate

C16: from Latin dēmonstrāre to point out, from monstrāre to show
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