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

# Definitions for prove

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### 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.*

### ChatGPT

prove

To prove means to establish the truth or validity of a statement, theory or concept through sufficient and compelling evidence, logic, factual information, experimental data or demonstration. It refers to the process of removing doubts, disagreements, or contradictions through reasoning or arguments to demonstrate that something is beyond doubt. In mathematics, a proof is a deductive argument for a mathematical statement.

### 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

The United States is of course troubled that these proposed actions... will worsen the reporting environment in China, beijing's actions

**prove**time and again that the [ ruling Chinese Communist Party ] is afraid of independent and investigative media reporting that has only broadened and deepened the world's understanding of China for the better.Everything is temporary. You only have one life to live. Remove the things that no longer serve your life purpose. Do not to

**prove**yourself to anyone. The right people will accept and embrace you, regardless of your imperfections. At this stage in life, fall in love with taking good care of yourself.I want to be an astrophysicist, i want to

**prove**to the world that God does exist through science.No amount of experimentation can ever

**prove**me right; a single experiment can**prove**me wrong.You have to

**prove**you can win white voters.

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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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