

Definitions for: Prove [v] 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"
[v] prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
[v] obtain probate of, as of a will
[v] provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
[v] take a trial impression of
[v] cause to puff up with a leaven; of dough; "unleavened bread"
[v] increase in volume; of dough
[v] put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"
[v] be shown or be found to be; "She proved to be right"; "The medicine turned out to save her life"; "She turend up HIV positive"
Webster (1913) Definition: Prove, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Proved; p. pr. & vb. n.
Proving.] [OE. prover, F. prouver, fr. L. probare to try,
approve, prove, fr. probus good, proper. Cf. Probable,
Proof, Probe.]
1. 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.
Thou hast proved mine heart. Ps. xvii. 3.
2. To evince, establish, or ascertain, as truth, reality, or
fact, by argument, testimony, or other evidence.
They have inferred much from slender premises, and
conjectured when they could not prove. J. H.
Newman.
3. To ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of;
to verify; as, to prove a will.
4. To gain experience of the good or evil of; to know by
trial; to experience; to suffer.
Where she, captived long, great woes did prove.
Spenser.
5. (Arith.) 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. (Printing) To take a trial impression of; to take a proof
of; as, to prove a page.
Syn: To try; verify; justify; confirm; establish; evince;
manifest; show; demonstrate.
Prove, v. i.
1. To make trial; to essay.
2. To be found by experience, trial, or result; to turn out
to be; as, a medicine proves salutary; the report proves
false. ``The case proves mortal.'' Arbuthnot.
So life a winter's morn may prove. Keble.
3. To succeed; to turn out as expected. [Obs.] ``The
experiment proved not.'' Bacon.
Synonyms: bear witness, demonstrate, essay, establish, evidence, examine, leaven, raise, shew, show, show, test, testify, try, try out, turn out, turn up
Antonyms: confute, disprove
See Also: abduce, adduce, affirm, attest, authenticate, be, bring up, certify, cite, confirm, contradict, control, corroborate, demonstrate, elevate, ensue, fieldtest, float, get up, grow, impress, inform, judge, lift, manifest, negate, print, prove, prove, prove oneself, result, rise, stultify, substantiate, support, sustain, verify


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