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."

Definitions of prove
  1. verb
    establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
    synonyms: demonstrate, establish, shew, show
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    Antonyms:
    confute, disprove
    prove to be false
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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
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    affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain
    establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
  2. verb
    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)
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    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  3. verb
    prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
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    demonstrate, establish, shew, show
    establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
  4. verb
    obtain probate of
    prove a will”
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    authenticate
    establish the authenticity of something
  5. verb
    put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
    synonyms: essay, examine, test, try, try out
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    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
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
  6. verb
    take a trial impression of
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    impress, print
    reproduce by printing
  7. verb
    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
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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    increase in volume
    synonyms: rise
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    grow
    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
  9. verb
    cause to puff up with a leaven
    synonyms: leaven, raise
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    bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
    raise from a lower to a higher position
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