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Definition of 'prove'


  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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: demonstrate establish show shew
       Antonyms: disprove confute
  3. provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
       Synonyms: testify bear witness evidence show
  4. prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
  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"
       Synonyms: test try try out examine essay
  6. increase in volume; "the dough rose slowly in the warm room"
       Synonyms: rise
  7. cause to puff up with a leaven; "unleavened bread"
       Synonyms: raise leaven
  8. take a trial impression of
  9. obtain probate of; "prove a will"

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