Definitions for demonstrateˈdɛm ənˌstreɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dem•on•strateˈdɛm ənˌstreɪt(v.)-strat•ed, -strat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to describe, explain, or illustrate by examples, specimens, experiments, or the like.

  2. to make evident or establish by reasoning; prove.

  3. to display openly or publicly, as feelings.

  4. to exhibit the operation or use of (a product), esp. to a prospective customer.

  5. (v.i.)to make, give, or take part in a demonstration.

  6. to attack or make a show of military force to deceive an enemy.

    Category: Military

Origin of demonstrate:

1545–55; < L dēmonstrātus, ptp. of dēmonstrāre to show, point out =dē-de - +monstrāre to show, v. der. of monstrum sign, portent


Princeton's WordNet

  1. show, demo, exhibit, present, demonstrate(verb)

    give an exhibition of to an interested audience

    "She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in Washington"

  2. prove, demonstrate, establish, show, shew(verb)

    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"

  3. attest, certify, manifest, demonstrate, evidence(verb)

    provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

    "His high fever attested to his illness"; "The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication"; "This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness"

  4. demonstrate, march(verb)

    march in protest; take part in a demonstration

    "Thousands demonstrated against globalization during the meeting of the most powerful economic nations in Seattle"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. demonstrate(verb)ˈdɛm ənˌstreɪt

    to show sb how to do sth or how sth works

    He demonstrated how to operate it.; to demonstrate the procedure; Let me demonstrate for you.

  2. demonstrateˈdɛm ənˌstreɪt

    to show evidence of sth; = prove

    We can demonstrate that he was alive after the crash.; That demonstrates why she can't be trusted.

  3. demonstrateˈdɛm ənˌstreɪt

    to gather as a group and walk in the streets to protest or support sth

    Thousands crowded the streets to demonstrate against the war.


  1. demonstrate(Verb)

    To display the method of using an object.

  2. demonstrate(Verb)

    To show the steps taken to create a logical argument or equation.

  3. demonstrate(Verb)

    To participate in or organize a demonstration.

  4. Origin: From demonstro

Webster Dictionary

  1. Demonstrate(verb)

    to point out; to show; to exhibit; to make evident

  2. Demonstrate(verb)

    to show, or make evident, by reasoning or proof; to prove by deduction; to establish so as to exclude the possibility of doubt or denial

  3. Demonstrate(verb)

    to exhibit and explain (a dissection or other anatomical preparation)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'demonstrate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3922

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'demonstrate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4688

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'demonstrate' in Verbs Frequency: #309

Translations for demonstrate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to show clearly

This demonstrates his ignorance of the situation.

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