Definition of Prove

1. Verb. Be shown or be found to be. "She turned up HIV positive"

Exact synonyms: Turn Out, Turn Up
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Ensue, Result

2. Verb. Establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment. "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
Exact synonyms: Demonstrate, Establish, Shew, Show
Specialized synonyms: Prove Oneself, Contradict, Negate, Stultify
Generic synonyms: Affirm, Confirm, Corroborate, Substantiate, Support, Sustain
Derivative terms: Demonstrative, Establishment
Antonyms: Disprove

3. Verb. Provide evidence for. "They prove that there was a traffic accident "; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
Exact synonyms: Bear Witness, Evidence, Show, Testify
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Specialized synonyms: Attest, Certify, Demonstrate, Evidence, Manifest, Presume, Abduce, Adduce, Cite
Generic synonyms: Inform
Derivative terms: Evidence, Evidence, Evidence, Testifier, Testimony, Testimony

4. Verb. Prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof.
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Generic synonyms: Demonstrate, Establish, Shew, Show

5. Verb. Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to. "Test this recipe"
Exact synonyms: Essay, Examine, Test, Try, Try Out
Generic synonyms: Evaluate, Judge, Pass Judgment
Specialized synonyms: Control, Verify, Float, Field-test
Derivative terms: Examination, Examination, Examination, Examiner, Test, Testing, Trial, Trier, Tryout

6. Verb. Increase in volume. "The dough rose slowly in the warm room"
Exact synonyms: Rise
Generic synonyms: Grow

7. Verb. Cause to puff up with a leaven. "They prove more bread"; "Unleavened bread"
Exact synonyms: Leaven, Raise
Generic synonyms: Bring Up, Elevate, Get Up, Lift, Raise
Causes: Rise
Derivative terms: Leaven

8. Verb. Take a trial impression of.
Generic synonyms: Impress, Print

9. Verb. Obtain probate of. "Prove a will"
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Authenticate

Definition of Prove

1. v. t. To try or to ascertain by an experiment, or by a test or standard; to test; as, to prove the strength of gunpowder or of ordnance; to prove the contents of a vessel by a standard measure.

2. v. i. To make trial; to essay.

Definition of Prove

1. Verb. (transitive) To demonstrate that something is true or viable; to give proof for. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To turn out; to manifest. ¹

3. Verb. (context: copulative) To turn out to be. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To (put to the) test, proof ¹

5. Verb. (archaic) To experience ¹

6. Verb. (simple past of proove) ¹

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Definition of Prove

1. to establish the truth or validity of [v PROVED, PROVEN, PROVING, PROVES] : PROVABLE [adj], PROVABLY [adv]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Prove

prove (current term)
prove oneself
prove out

Literary usage of Prove

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1877)
"To this it was objected that the intimate association of forms prove that both ... It would be as easy to prove the climate in question to have VOL. xvi. ..."

2. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1874)
"To the rejoinder that implication in the conception of nature does not prove real existence, the answer must be the 'question, What meaning has real ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Such hypothetical question is often of great length, containing, as it does, a statement of facts that may have required days to prove. ..."

4. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (1874)
"IN WHICH THE RED SEA AND THE INDIAN OCEAN prove PROPITIOUS TO THE DESIGNS OF PHILEAS FOGG. THE distance between Suez and Aden is precisely thirteen hundred ..."

5. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan (1846)
"But what is the second thing -whereby you would prove a discovery of a work of grace in the heart ? Talk. Great knowledge of gospel mysteries. Faith. ..."

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