What does prove mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. testify, bear witness, prove, evidence, showverb

    provide evidence for

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

  4. proveverb

    prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof

  5. 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"

  6. rise, proveverb

    increase in volume

    "the dough rose slowly in the warm room"

  7. raise, leaven, proveverb

    cause to puff up with a leaven

    "unleavened bread"

  8. proveverb

    take a trial impression of

  9. proveverb

    obtain probate of

    "prove a will"

Webster Dictionary

  1. 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

  2. Proveverb

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

  3. Proveverb

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

  4. Proveverb

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

  5. 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

  6. Proveverb

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

  7. Proveverb

    to make trial; to essay

  8. Proveverb

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

  9. Proveverb

    to succeed; to turn out as expected

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. 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. probāreprobus, excellent.]

Editors Contribution

  1. 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  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

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

  3. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prove in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prove in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of prove in a Sentence

  1. Nathaniel Hawthorne:

    The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.

  2. Jennifer Lopez:

    I want to prove to everyone that I can do everything and be a superwoman, but I have to take time for myself.

  3. Serena Williams:

    I don't feel pressure. I'm here just to be here and prove that I'm back.

  4. Russell Simmons:

    Today, I begin to properly defend myself. I will prove without any doubt that I am innocent of all rape charges. Today, I will focus on ‘The Original Sin’ [referring to model Keri Claussen Khalighi, who accused him in the LA Times of rape], the claim that created this insane pile on of my #MeToo.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    A foolproof formula to keep married life intact is to undeniably accept that a husband has to always prove himself to be a fool to his wife and never expect her to reflect to correct herself at any time.

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