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Meaning of PROVE

Pronunciation:  proov

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
  2. [v]  prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
  3. [v]  obtain probate of, as of a will
  4. [v]  provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
  5. [v]  take a trial impression of
  6. [v]  cause to puff up with a leaven; of dough; "unleavened bread"
  7. [v]  increase in volume; of dough
  8. [v]  put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"
  9. [v]  be shown or be found to be; "She proved to be right"; "The medicine turned out to save her life"; "She turend up HIV positive"

PROVE is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: bear witness, demonstrate, essay, establish, evidence, examine, leaven, raise, shew, show, show, test, testify, try, try out, turn out, turn up
 Antonyms: confute, disprove
 See Also: abduce, adduce, affirm, attest, authenticate, be, bring up, certify, cite, confirm, contradict, control, corroborate, demonstrate, elevate, ensue, field-test, float, get up, grow, impress, inform, judge, lift, manifest, negate, print, prove, prove, prove oneself, result, rise, stultify, substantiate, support, sustain, verify



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
             Thou hast proved mine heart.          --Ps. xvii. 3.
    2. To evince, establish, or ascertain, as truth, reality, or
       fact, by argument, testimony, or other evidence.
             They have inferred much from slender premises, and
             conjectured when they could not prove. --J. H.
    3. To ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of;
       to verify; as, to prove a will.
    4. To gain experience of the good or evil of; to know by
       trial; to experience; to suffer.
             Where she, captived long, great woes did prove.
    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.
    6. (Printing) To take a trial impression of; to take a proof
       of; as, to prove a page.
    Syn: To try; verify; justify; confirm; establish; evince;
         manifest; show; demonstrate.
  2. \Prove\, v. i.
    1. To make trial; to essay.
    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.
             So life a winter's morn may prove.    --Keble.
    3. To succeed; to turn out as expected. [Obs.] ``The
       experiment proved not.'' --Bacon.