- to make evident or establish by arguments or reasoning; prove: to demonstrate a philosophical principle.
- to describe, explain, or illustrate by examples, specimens, experiments, or the like: to demonstrate the force of gravity by dropping an object.
- to manifest or exhibit; show: He demonstrated his courage by his actions in battle.
- to display openly or publicly, as feelings: to demonstrate one's anger by slamming a door.
- to exhibit the operation or use of (a device, process, product, or the like), usually to a purchaser or prospect: to demonstrate an automobile.
- 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
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1. show, confirm, verify, corroborate.
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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
- (of an ability, fact, idea, etc) shown, manifested, or proved convincingly or thoroughly
- (tr) to show, manifest, or prove, esp by reasoning, evidence, etcit is easy to demonstrate the truth of this proposition
- (tr) to evince; reveal the existence ofthe scheme later demonstrated a fatal flaw
- (tr) to explain or illustrate by experiment, example, etc
- (tr) to display, operate, and explain the workings of (a machine, product, etc)
- (intr) to manifest support, protest, etc, by public parades or rallies
- (intr) to be employed as a demonstrator of machinery, etc
- (intr) military to make a show of force, esp in order to deceive one's enemy
C16: from Latin dēmonstrāre to point out, from monstrāre to show
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Word Origin and History for well-demonstrated
1550s, "to point out," from Latin demonstratus, past participle of demonstrare (see demonstration). Meaning "to point out by argument or deduction" is from 1570s. Related: Demonstrated; demonstrating.
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