Definitions for prove
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word prove.
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"
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"
increase in volume
"the dough rose slowly in the warm room"
raise, leaven, proveverb
cause to puff up with a leaven
take a trial impression of
obtain probate of
"prove a will"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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.
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
to evince, establish, or ascertain, as truth, reality, or fact, by argument, testimony, or other evidence
to ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of; to verify; as, to prove a will
to gain experience of the good or evil of; to know by trial; to experience; to suffer
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
to take a trial impression of; to take a proof of; as, to prove a page
to make trial; to essay
to be found by experience, trial, or result; to turn out to be; as, a medicine proves salutary; the report proves false
to succeed; to turn out as expected
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
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
Rank popularity for the word 'prove' in Verbs Frequency: #152
The numerical value of prove in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of prove in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Half the controversies in the world are verbal ones; and could they be brought to a plain issue they would be brought to a prompt termination. Parties engaged in them would then perceive either that in substance they agreed together, or that their difference was one of first principles. We need not dispute, we need not prove, we need but define. At all events, let us, if we can, do this first of all and then see who are left for us to dispute; what is left for us to prove.
Nobody is surprised to see Hendriks helping out. Everything he does is with a passion and care known well for his thoughtful work off the field as much as his intensity on it. Hendriks reliability in the ninth inning has earned him a solid reputation, too. But you wont hear Hendriks say it. He plans to earn the job again. I dont want to be complacent, he said. Going out there and making sure I put everything on the line every night is a big thing for me. The Oakland closer received a nice raise when he signed a $ 5.3 million, one-year contract last month to avoid salary arbitration. The 31-year-old Hendriks is approaching this season as if he has everything to prove once again. He plans to take the mound each opportunity he gets exhibiting the confidence that he can and will repeat what he did last season. The right-hander, a former opener for the As, went 4-4 with a 1.80 ERA and 25 saves over a career-high 75 appearances spanning 85 innings. I dont want to dwell too much on last year because I dont want to rest on my laurels. I dont want to go out there and be like, Oh, I had my good year, I can ride that wave as long as I can, Hendriks said. I want to go out there and prove that it wasnt a fluke. I want to go out there and prove that no matter what happened last year I still need to win the job this year. I dont want to be gifted anything. I dont want to be given anything, I want to go out there and make sure that in spring training I prove that I want this role, I want this job and Im going to run away with it and prove to everybody why I want it. Hendriks became a key piece for As manager Bob Melvin late in games last season as The Oakland earned the ALs top wild card before losing to Tampa Bay. Considering his topsy-turvy history, Melvin is hardly surprised by Hendriks focus. He got designated for assignment on June 25, 2018 and has been through that almost a half-dozen times now before starting The Oakland 7-2 wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium just more than three months later. You would expect that from somebody thats been through the trials and tribulations that hes been over his career, so I think it is more about him not relaxing at all, Melvin said. He wants to be pushed, he wants to earn everything that he gets. Hes come a long way. He had as dominant a year really as anybody in baseball. He has learned from other times when he thought things were going smoothly, saying, I dont like feeling like Ive got it in the bag because as soon as I do somethings always going to pop up, Hendriks said. I dealt with certain things very poorly in the past and my mindset to get over that was expect the worst and hope for the best, he said. Expect the worst and if something good happens youre able to handle it, rather than expecting things and if they didnt come to fruition, falling out a rabbit hole and being kind of self-deprecating and all that. Starter Mike Fiers appreciates Hendriks determination and focus to again show why he is fit to be the ninth-inning option. Everyone has their ups and downs, and thats similar to how I am. I dont want to just sit back and be like Listen, Ive got the job.
A ragged colt may prove a good horse. And so may an untoward slovenly boy prove a decent and useful man.
If he could prove he was fired at least in part for filing a charge, he could prevail, if he made a complaint and he could prove he was fired for that charge – he has to prove Google was aware that he was filing this charge.
When people ask me what I learned from my experience at SigFig, I always tell them that I didn’t really learn anything at all, except that failure sucks, and you never, ever want it to happen again, but also, it’s the kind of thing that gets you up in the morning. One of the things we talk about at Zenefits is that we want to hire people who have a chip on their shoulder—an intensity to prove they can accomplish something, or prove people who have doubted them wrong. I felt a lot like that myself when I started Zenefits. I needed to prove I could accomplish something—that I wasn’t a failure, even though it felt to me like I was. That’s how a lot of this stuff got started.
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- أثبت, إثباتArabic
- প্রমাণ করাBengali
- dokázat, prokázat, ukázatCzech
- beweisen, prüfen, sich herausstellen, sich zeigenGerman
- probar, testear, validarSpanish
- todistaa, paljastua, osoittautua, näyttää toteenFinnish
- uitwijzen, blijkenDutch
- dowieść, dowodzić, udowadniaćPolish
- stabili, arăta, dovedi, probaRomanian
- дока́зывать, ока́зываться, оказа́ться, доказа́тьRussian
- proare, proai, probare, provai, provareSardinian
- izkazati se, dokazatiSlovene
- bevisa, visaSwedish
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