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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prove, turn out, turn up(verb)

    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, 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. testify, bear witness, prove, evidence, show(verb)

    provide evidence for

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

  4. prove(verb)

    prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof

  5. test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay(verb)

    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, prove(verb)

    increase in volume

    "the dough rose slowly in the warm room"

  7. raise, leaven, prove(verb)

    cause to puff up with a leaven

    "unleavened bread"

  8. prove(verb)

    take a trial impression of

  9. prove(verb)

    obtain probate of

    "prove a will"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prove(verb)

    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. Prove(verb)

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

  3. Prove(verb)

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

  4. Prove(verb)

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

  5. Prove(verb)

    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. Prove(verb)

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

  7. Prove(verb)

    to make trial; to essay

  8. Prove(verb)

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

  9. Prove(verb)

    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. Shawn Sanders:

    Im really just trying to prove myself and show everybody I can play in this league, regardless of my height or whatever, im just going out here and playing football, ballin on the field and showing everybody I can play with the big guys.

  2. New York:

    If he'd been convicted of a crime, you don't have to prove much in a civil case.

  3. Pierre Cardin:

    The numbers dont lie, i earn more from the sale of a necktie than from the sale of a million-franc dress. Its counterintuitive, but the accounts prove it. In the end, its all about the numbers.

  4. Linn Huang:

    While the products themselves are more iterative than revolutionary — same basic design — Apple's strategy in raising the spec ceiling should prove to be a prudent one, since 2015, the entire all-in-one category has contracted each year. A continued shift toward mobility has been a primary inhibitor for this form factor, but options and economics play a large role as well.

  5. Aaron Belkin:

    This is possibly because many transgender women - those born male but identifying as female - seek to prove to themselves that they are not transgender by joining the military and trying to fit into its hypermasculine culture.

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