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Meaning & Definition of Prove in English

English

Prove

/pruv/

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • prove
  • ,
  • turn out
  • ,
  • turn up

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • prove
  • ,
  • demonstrate
  • ,
  • establish
  • ,
  • show
  • ,
  • shew

3. Provide evidence for

  • "The blood test showed that he was the father"
  • "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
    synonym:
  • testify
  • ,
  • bear witness
  • ,
  • prove
  • ,
  • evidence
  • ,
  • show

4. Prove formally

  • Demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
    synonym:
  • prove

5. Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

  • "This approach has been tried with good results"
  • "Test this recipe"
    synonym:
  • test
  • ,
  • prove
  • ,
  • try
  • ,
  • try out
  • ,
  • examine
  • ,
  • essay

6. Increase in volume

  • "The dough rose slowly in the warm room"
    synonym:
  • rise
  • ,
  • prove

7. Cause to puff up with a leaven

  • "Unleavened bread"
    synonym:
  • raise
  • ,
  • leaven
  • ,
  • prove

8. Take a trial impression of

    synonym:
  • prove

9. Obtain probate of

  • "Prove a will"
    synonym:
  • prove

Examples of using

I don't know how to prove that I love you.
I'm not trying to prove anything.
I can prove it.