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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. Terry Pratchett:

    Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.

  2. Marguerite Duras:

    It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't necessarily prove that you loved him.

  3. H.L. Mencken:

    Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.

  4. Lola Thompson:

    So, its really hard to know how much progress this is, because on the one hand its made progress in this direction. But, theres so many equivalent formulations that maybe this direction isnt going to yield the Riemann hypothesis. Maybe one of the other equivalent theorems instead will, if someone can prove one of those.

  5. Walt Whitman:

    My final merit I refuse you, I refuse putting from me what I really am, Encompass worlds but never try to encompass me, I crowd your sleekest and best by simply looking toward you. Writing and talk do not prove me, I carry the plenum of proof in my face, With the hush of my lips I wholly confound the skeptic.

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