What is the meaning of prove?


  • Be shown or be found to be.
    • usage: "She proved to be right"; "The medicine turned out to save her life"; "She turned up HIV positive"
  • Establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment.
    • usage: "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
  • Provide evidence for.
    • usage: "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
  • Prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof.
  • Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to.
    • usage: "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"
  • Increase in volume.
    • usage: "the dough rose slowly in the warm room"
  • Cause to puff up with a leaven.
    • usage: "unleavened bread"
  • Take a trial impression of.
  • Obtain probate of.
    • usage: "prove a will"
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APAWordNet. (2010). prove. Retrieved September 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/prove/definitions/1304250
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