American English

Definition of prove verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prove
    he / she / it proves
    past simple proved
    past participle proved
    (especially North American English) past participle proven
    -ing form proving
    jump to other results
    show something is true
  1. 1[transitive] to use facts, evidence, etc. to show that something is true prove something They hope this new evidence will prove her innocence. “I know you're lying.” “Prove it!” He felt he needed to prove his point (= show other people that he was right). Are you just doing this to prove a point? What are you trying to prove? I certainly don't have anything to prove—my record speaks for itself. prove something to somebody Just give me a chance and I'll prove it to you. prove (that)… This proves (that) I was right. prove somebody/something/yourself + adj./noun She was determined to prove everyone wrong. In this country, you are innocent until proven guilty. prove somebody/something/yourself to be/have something You've just proved yourself to be a liar. prove what, how, etc… This just proves what I have been saying for some time. it is proven that… Can it be proven that he did commit these offenses? opposite disprove Language Bankevidencegiving proof New evidence has been found that/Studies have shown that TV advertising influences what children buy. It is clear from numerous studies that TV advertising influences what children buy. Recent research demonstrates that TV advertising influences children's spending habits. Many parents think that TV advertising influences their children. This view is supported by the findings of a recent study, which show a clear link between television advertisements and children's spending habits. The findings also reveal that most children are unaware of the persuasive purpose of advertising. Little evidence has been found that children understand the persuasive intent of advertising. The results contradict claims that advertising is unrelated to children's spending habits. Manufacturers argue that it is difficult to prove that advertising alone influences what children buy. see also proof, proven
  2. be
  3. 2linking verb if something proves dangerous, expensive, etc. or if it proves to be dangerous, etc., you discover that it is dangerous, etc. over a period of time synonym turn out + adj. The opposition proved too strong for him. It was proving extremely difficult to establish the truth. + noun Shares in the industry proved a poor investment. His lack of experience may prove a problem in a crisis. prove to be something The promotion proved to be a turning point in his career. Their fears proved to be groundless.
  4. yourself
  5. 3[transitive] prove yourself (to somebody) to show other people how good you are at doing something or that you are capable of doing something He constantly feels he has to prove himself to others.
  6. 4[transitive] prove yourself + adj/noun prove yourself to be something to show other people that you are a particular type of person or that you have a particular quality He proved himself determined to succeed.
  7. of bread
  8. 5[intransitive] to swell before being baked because of the action of yeast synonym rise
  9. Word Familyprove verb (disprove)proof nounproven adjective (unproven)prove verb (disprove)proof nounproven adjective (unproven)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: prove