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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.


Synonymsmarch


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


Broader (hypernym)dissent, protest, resist


Narrower (hyponym)picket









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