Adjective "prove" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Demonstrate the truth or existence of (something) by evidence or argument.
  1. 'a proven ability to work hard'
  2. 'How I got in is not something I'm willing to disclose, but I have the documentary evidence to prove it.'
  3. 'An indictment is far from a conviction but as Martin Kramer points out, this refusal to recognise inconvenient truths is also proving an indictment on their claims of expertise.'
  4. 'But every inductive argument that proves its conclusion presupposes the truth of the law of causation.'
  5. 'Nonetheless he had proven his leadership ability and his political skill in ending the civil war.'
  6. 'He believes he has proven his strength and ability to be an independent voice on the Council.'
  7. 'The Authority said it is very difficult to prove the existence of a cartel and pledged to monitor the situation in the town.'
  8. 'In the face of war and mass slaughter, he has proved it retains the ability to shock us with the sheer frivolity of its efforts in futility.'
  9. 'With highlife, African music had proved its resilience and ability to absorb and synthesise foreign influences.'
  10. 'Barrett proved his dead-eye shooting ability as he sunk score after score for his side.'
  11. 'Andrew McLoughlin proved his dead-ball abilities with a cross from the right which fell to McTiernan on the near post.'
  12. 'The Moores stayed on the homestead long enough to prove it up and get title which would be three years.'
Demonstrate to be the specified thing by evidence or argument.
  1. 'In Indiana you are guilty until you are proven innocent, and with that in mind you can keep the skater out of the streets but you cannot keep the street out of the skater.'
  2. 'Of course, remembering that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, perhaps the answer to my questions is that Libby was not stupid and was not lying to the Grand Jury.'
  3. 'He's, of course, innocent until proven guilty.'
  4. 'And if there is a mitochondrial DNA match - I'm a firm believer in DNA, if it proves you guilty or innocent.'
  5. 'We have to remember that this man is innocent until proven guilty but if he did kill Caroline we have to make sure he doesn't kill anyone else.'
  6. 'the scheme has proved a great success'
  7. 'If the scheme proves to be successful, and householders who are given the brown bins use them for their garden waste, there is a chance the scheme will be extended when it is reviewed after three years.'
  8. 'The maintenance of downwards accountability to local communities by the NHS has generally proved difficult to achieve.'
  9. 'Optimism proved short-lived, though, as Sheffield scored twice more to earn a convincing victory.'
  10. 'If the scheme proves successful the police hope to run surgeries at the town's other secondary schools.'
  11. 'Killarney Celtic, have been impressive, with some fine performances and they don't concede too many goals and are proving difficult to breach.'
  12. 'Employees may be able to complain to the pensions ombudsman that the scheme was maladministered, but this may be difficult to prove.'
  13. 'At this stage, the rehabilitation plan proved to be successful and the patient was found fit to undergo plastic surgery.'
  14. 'This is the third year of the book scheme and it has proved very successful as it greatly reduces the financial burden on parents.'
  15. 'While massive amounts of US air power could bring tactical victories, achieving strategic victory proved to be more difficult.'
  16. 'The big striker, who moves with intent rather than rather than noticeable impetus, said afterwards that his second goal had proved crucial.'
  17. 'The intelligence agencies, humiliated by their failure to forestall the attacks, are desperate to prove themselves.'
  18. 'In this dire situation, she proves herself to be a courageous and determined fighter.'
  19. 'It has seemed like an eternity as I've been desperate to get out on to that track and prove myself again at world level.'
  20. 'He's so desperate to prove himself and make his own way in the world that he lashes out at everyone.'
  21. 'His batting ability is well known, but he has also proved himself an excellent one-day bowler, and has a shrewd tactical brain.'
  22. 'There is a theorem proved by Kurt Godel in 1931, which is the Incompleteness Theorem for mathematics.'
  23. 'What no one is yet prepared to do is go on record as saying he has proved the Poincare Conjecture.'
  24. 'Once academic scientific studies were established they rejected and ridiculed anything spiritual or metaphysical if it could not be proven by a mathematical formula.'
(of bread dough) become aerated by the action of yeast; rise.
  1. 'When making bread with the fermented dough, the dough must be removed from the fridge at least 2 hours in advance, to allow it to prove.'
Subject (a gun) to a testing process.
  1. 'Proof marks indicate the soundness of the gun when it was last proved, but the gun may have been so altered that it is unproved in its present state.'

More definitions

1. to establish the truth or genuineness of, as by evidence or argument: to prove one's claim.

2. Law. to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will); probate.

3. to give demonstration of by action.

4. to subject to a test, experiment, comparison, analysis, or the like, to determine quality, amount, acceptability, characteristics, etc.: to prove ore.

5. to show (oneself) to have the character or ability expected of one

More examples(as adjective)

"contributions can be prove as places."

"years can be prove for sales."

"sides can be prove with balls."

"people can be prove under controls."

"people can be prove to transparencies."

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Middle English: from Old French prover, from Latin probare ‘test, approve, demonstrate’, from probus ‘good’.


not proven
prove someone wrong