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English verb: prove

1. prove (stative) be shown or be found to be


SamplesShe proved to be right.
The medicine turned out to save her life.
She turned up HIV positive.


Synonymsturn out, turn up


Pattern of useSomething ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
It ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)ensue, result

2. prove (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.


Synonymsdemonstrate, establish, 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. prove (communication) provide evidence for


SamplesThe blood test showed that he was the father.
Her behavior testified to her incompetence.


ExamplesThey prove that there was a traffic accident


Synonymsbear witness, evidence, show, testify


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


Broader (hypernym)inform


Narrower (hyponym)abduce, adduce, attest, certify, cite, demonstrate, evidence, manifest, presume


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

4. prove (cognition) prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)demonstrate, establish, prove, shew, show


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

5. prove (social) put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to


SamplesThis approach has been tried with good results.
Test this recipe.


Synonymsessay, examine, test, try, try out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment


Narrower (hyponym)control, field-test, float, verify

6. prove (motion) increase in volume


SamplesThe dough rose slowly in the warm room.


Synonymsrise


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)grow

7. prove (motion) cause to puff up with a leaven


SamplesUnleavened bread.


ExamplesThey prove more bread


Synonymsleaven, raise


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise


Causeprove, rise

8. prove (creation) take a trial impression of


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)impress, print

9. prove (cognition) obtain probate of


SamplesProve a will.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)authenticate


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law









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