prove

When you prove something, you show that it's true. If you say you love eating raw eggs, you may have to prove it by chugging a few. When someone asks you to prove something, you need evidence, also known as proof.

Prove comes from the Latin root probare, "to test or prove worthy." The word’s meaning is clear in this quote from writer Ernest Holmes: "There was a time when a man was so convinced that the world was round that he was determined to prove it." As a transitive verb, prove requires an object to receive the action, as in "How can you prove your claim?" It can also be intransitive, as in "You might prove to be right."

Primary Meanings of prove

1.
v
establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
2.
v
increase in volume
Full Definitions of prove
1

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

Synonyms:
demonstrate, establish, shew, show
Antonyms:
confute, disprove
prove to be false
Types:
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prove oneself
show one's ability or courage
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

Synonyms:
bear witness, evidence, show, testify
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attest, certify, demonstrate, evidence, manifest
provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes
presume
constitute reasonable evidence for
abduce, adduce, cite
advance evidence for
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)
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof

Type of:
demonstrate, establish, shew, show
establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

v obtain probate of

prove a will”
Type of:
authenticate
establish the authenticity of something

v put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

Synonyms:
essay, examine, test, try, try out
Types:
control, verify
check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
float
circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
field-test
test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

v take a trial impression of

Type of:
impress, print
reproduce by printing

v be shown or be found to be

“She proved to be right”
Synonyms:
turn out, turn up
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ensue, result
issue or terminate (in a specified way, state, etc.); end
come
happen as a result
be due, flow from
be the result of
fall out, follow
come as a logical consequence; follow logically
come after, follow
come after in time, as a result
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
2

v increase in volume

Synonyms:
rise
Type of:
grow
become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

v cause to puff up with a leaven

Synonyms:
leaven, raise
Type of:
bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
raise from a lower to a higher position

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