1. be shown or be found to be;
- Example: "She proved to be right"
- Example: "The medicine turned out to save her life"
- Example: "She turned up HIV positive"
[syn: prove, turn out, turn up]
2. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment;
- Example: "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"
- Example: "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
[syn: prove, demonstrate, establish, show, shew]
3. provide evidence for;
- Example: "The blood test showed that he was the father"
- Example: "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
[syn: testify, bear witness, prove, evidence, show]
4. prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof;
5. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to;
- Example: "This approach has been tried with good results"
- Example: "Test this recipe"
[syn: test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay]
6. increase in volume;
- Example: "the dough rose slowly in the warm room"
[syn: rise, prove]
7. cause to puff up with a leaven;
- Example: "unleavened bread"
[syn: raise, leaven, prove]
8. take a trial impression of;
9. obtain probate of;
- Example: "prove a will"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Prove \Prove\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Proved; p. pr. & vb. n. Proving.] [OE. prover, F. prouver, fr. L. probare to try, approve, prove, fr. probus good, proper. Cf. Probable, Proof, Probe.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Thou hast proved mine heart. --Ps. xvii. 3. [1913 Webster] 2. To evince, establish, or ascertain, as truth, reality, or fact, by argument, testimony, or other evidence. [1913 Webster] They have inferred much from slender premises, and conjectured when they could not prove. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster] 3. To ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of; to verify; as, to prove a will. [1913 Webster] 4. To gain experience of the good or evil of; to know by trial; to experience; to suffer. [1913 Webster] Where she, captived long, great woes did prove. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 5. (Arith.) To test, evince, ascertain, or verify, as the correctness of any operation or result; thus, in subtraction, if the difference between two numbers, added to the lesser number, makes a sum equal to the greater, the correctness of the subtraction is proved. [1913 Webster] 6. (Printing) To take a trial impression of; to take a proof of; as, to prove a page. [1913 Webster] Syn: To try; verify; justify; confirm; establish; evince; manifest; show; demonstrate. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Prove \Prove\, v. i. 1. To make trial; to essay. [1913 Webster] 2. To be found by experience, trial, or result; to turn out to be; as, a medicine proves salutary; the report proves false. "The case proves mortal." --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] So life a winter's morn may prove. --Keble. [1913 Webster] 3. To succeed; to turn out as expected. [Obs.] "The experiment proved not." --Bacon. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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