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English verb: demonstrate

1. demonstrate (perception) give an exhibition of to an interested audience

SamplesShe shows her dogs frequently.
We will demo the new software in Washington.

Synonymsdemo, exhibit, present, show

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody with something

Broader (hypernym)show

Narrower (hyponym)bring home

2. demonstrate (cognition) establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

SamplesThe experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound.
The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture.

Synonymsestablish, prove, shew, show

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain

Narrower (hyponym)contradict, negate, prove, prove oneself, stultify

Antonymsconfute, disprove

3. demonstrate (communication) provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

SamplesHis high fever attested to his illness.
The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication.
This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness.

ExamplesThey demonstrate that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsattest, certify, evidence, manifest

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bear witness, evidence, prove, show, testify

Narrower (hyponym)authenticate, condemn, notarise, notarize, reflect, reflect

Verb groupattest

4. demonstrate (social) march in protest; take part in a demonstration

SamplesThousands demonstrated against globalization during the meeting of the most powerful economic nations in Seattle.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)dissent, protest, resist

Narrower (hyponym)picket

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