demonstrate

When you demonstrate something, you show what it is or how it works. To demonstrate how your new juicer works, you should have lots of kale, carrots, and beets on hand — and some brave friends to try your concoction.

Demonstrate comes from the Latin word demonstrare, meaning “to point out by argument or deduction.” To demonstrate a point you must make a valid argument and give examples of why you think it's true. Demonstrate can also refer to a public protest. You can demonstrate with your comrades by marching through the streets with homemade protest signs.

Definitions of demonstrate
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v give an exhibition of to an interested audience

Synonyms:
demo, exhibit, present, show
Types:
bring home
make understandable and clear
Type of:
show
make visible or noticeable

v establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

“The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound”
Synonyms:
establish, prove, shew, show
Antonyms:
confute, disprove
prove to be false
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prove oneself
show one's ability or courage
prove
prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
contradict, negate
prove negative; show to be false
stultify
prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence
invalidate, nullify
show to be invalid
confute, disprove
prove to be false
Type of:
affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

v provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

“This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness”
Synonyms:
attest, certify, evidence, manifest
attest
establish or verify the usage of
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authenticate
establish the authenticity of something
reflect
give evidence of the quality of
reflect
give evidence of a certain behavior
notarise, notarize
authenticate as a notary
condemn
demonstrate the guilt of (someone)
prove
obtain probate of
mirror
reflect or resemble
attaint
condemn by attainder
Type of:
bear witness, evidence, prove, show, testify
provide evidence for

v march in protest; take part in a demonstration

“Thousands demonstrated against globalization during the meeting of the most powerful economic nations in Seattle”
Synonyms:
march
Types:
picket
serve as pickets or post pickets
Type of:
dissent, protest, resist
express opposition through action or words

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