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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.


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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