### What does **prove** mean?

# Definitions for prove

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#### Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word **prove**.

### Princeton's WordNet

prove, turn out, turn upverb

be shown or be found to be

"She proved to be right"; "The medicine turned out to save her life"; "She turned up HIV positive"

prove, demonstrate, establish, show, shewverb

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"

testify, bear witness, prove, evidence, showverb

provide evidence for

"The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"

proveverb

prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof

test, prove, try, try out, examine, essayverb

put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

"This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"

rise, proveverb

increase in volume

"the dough rose slowly in the warm room"

raise, leaven, proveverb

cause to puff up with a leaven

"unleavened bread"

proveverb

take a trial impression of

proveverb

obtain probate of

"prove a will"

### Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

To Prieve

for prove.

*Edmund Spenser.*To Proveverb

**Etymology:**probo, Lat. prouver, Fr.Let the trumpet sound,

If none appear to*prove*upon thy person

Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons,

There is my pledge; I’ll*prove*it on thy heart.*William Shakespeare.*So both their deeds compar’d this day shall

*prove.**John Milton.*Smile on me, and I will

*prove,*

Wonder is shorter liv’d than love.*Edmund Waller.*If it

*prove*any thing, it can only*prove*against our author, that the assignment of dominion to the eldest is not by divine institution.*John Locke.*In spite of Luther’s declaration, he will

*prove*the tenet upon him.*Francis Atterbury.*Wilt thou thy idle rage by reason

*prove?*

Or speak those thoughts, which have no power to move?*George Sandys.*Thy overpraising leaves in doubt

The virtue of that fruit, in thee first*prov’d.**John Milton.*Delay not the present, but

Filling the air with swords advanc’d, and darts,

We*prove*this very hour.*William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.*Could sense make Marius sit unbound, and

*prove*

The cruel lancing of the knotty gout.*Davies.*Well I deserv’d Evadne’s scorn to

*prove,*

That to ambition sacrific’d my love.*Edmund Waller.*Let him in arms the pow’r of Turnus

*prove,*

And learn to fear whom he disdains to love.*Dryden.*To Proveverb

Children

*prove,*whether they can rub upon the breast with one hand, and pat upon the forehead with another.*Francis Bacon.*The sons prepare

Meeting like winds broke loose upon the main,

To*prove*by arms whose fate it was to reign.*Dryden.**Prove*true, imagination; oh,*prove*true,

That I, dear brother, be now ta’en for you.*William Shakespeare.*All esculent and garden herbs, set upon the tops of hills, will

*prove*more medicinal, though less esculent.*Francis Bacon.*If the experiment

*proved*not, it might be pretended, that the beasts were not killed in the due time.*Francis Bacon.*The fair blossom hangs the head

Sideways, as on a dying bed,

And those pearls of dew she wears,*Prove*to be presaging tears.*John Milton.*The beauties which adorn’d that age,

The shining subjects of his rage;

Hoping they should immortal*prove,*

Rewarded with success in love.*Edmund Waller.*When the inflammation ends in a gangrene, the case

*proves*mortal.*Arbuthnot.*Property, you see it alter,

Or in a mortgage*prove*a lawyer’s share,

Or in a jointure vanish from the heir.*Alexander Pope.*

### Webster Dictionary

Proveverb

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

Proveverb

to evince, establish, or ascertain, as truth, reality, or fact, by argument, testimony, or other evidence

Proveverb

to ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of; to verify; as, to prove a will

Proveverb

to gain experience of the good or evil of; to know by trial; to experience; to suffer

Proveverb

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

Proveverb

to take a trial impression of; to take a proof of; as, to prove a page

Proveverb

to make trial; to essay

Proveverb

to be found by experience, trial, or result; to turn out to be; as, a medicine proves salutary; the report proves false

Proveverb

to succeed; to turn out as expected

### Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

Prove

prōōv,

*v.t.*to try by experiment or by a test or standard: to make certain: to try by suffering: to establish or ascertain as truth by argument or other evidence: to demonstrate: to ascertain the genuineness of: to experience or suffer: (*math.*) to ascertain the correctness of any result.—*v.i.*to make trial: to turn out: to be shown afterwards.—*n.***Prov′er**.—**The exception proves the rule**, the exception tests the rule, proving its general truth. [O. Fr.*prover*(Fr.*prouver*), which, like A.S.*prófian*and Ger.*proben*, is from L.*probāre*—*probus*, excellent.]

### Editors Contribution

prove

Verify the truth of.

They did prove that human thought can contribute to amazing change on our health.

Submitted by MaryC on February 5, 2020

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Spoken Corpus Frequency

Rank popularity for the word 'prove' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1789

Written Corpus Frequency

Rank popularity for the word 'prove' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2838

Verbs Frequency

Rank popularity for the word 'prove' in Verbs Frequency: #152

### Numerology

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The numerical value of prove in Chaldean Numerology is:

**1**Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of prove in Pythagorean Numerology is:

**4**

### Examples of prove in a Sentence

It’s up to the challenger to

**prove**he can actually get over the top in the primary, it takes extraordinary circumstances. I know Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made a lot of national headlines recently. But I’m still skeptical about the level of dissent in her district.The Afghan government is ready to announce a ceasefire if the Taliban show readiness in this regard, let us

**prove**that only Western countries cannot solve this conflict.Let's say we know it's your bike because we have your serial number, how do we

**prove**that they know it was stolen?A lot of people think it was a gift and a curse, i think it gave me a little more shelf life to come back. But it also gave me a little more push to come back and

**prove**I am Justin Gatlin.It’s not a word I use, but for some reason it was in there and that’s what I ’m trying to figure out... why it was in there, like I said, it’s going to be part of this process and training program, whatever I need to do, not only to

**prove**to Justin Thomas of the U.S. but to**prove**to my sponsors and**prove**to the people who do n’t know who I am that is indeed not the person I am.

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## Translations for **prove**

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- bewysAfrikaans
- أثبت, إثباتArabic
- প্রমাণ করাBengali
- dokázat, prokázat, ukázatCzech
- beweisen, prüfen, sich herausstellen, sich zeigenGerman
- αποδεικνύωGreek
- pruviEsperanto
- probar, testear, validarSpanish
- tõestamaEstonian
- todistaa, paljastua, osoittautua, näyttää toteenFinnish
- prouverFrench
- bizonyítHungarian
- ապացուցելArmenian
- buktiIndonesian
- verigarIdo
- לְהוֹכִיחַHebrew
- 証明するJapanese
- proboLatin
- uitwijzen, blijkenDutch
- dowieść, dowodzić, udowadniaćPolish
- provarPortuguese
- stabili, arăta, dovedi, probaRomanian
- дока́зывать, ока́зываться, оказа́ться, доказа́тьRussian
- proare, proai, probare, provai, provareSardinian
- izkazati se, dokazatiSlovene
- bevisa, visaSwedish
- hakikiSwahili
- 證明Chinese

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