Definition of demonstration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdemənˈstreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdemənˈstreɪʃn//
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  1. 1(informal demo especially in British English) [countable] demonstration (against somebody/something) a public meeting or march at which people show that they are protesting against or supporting somebody/something to take part in/go on a demonstration to hold/stage a demonstration mass demonstrations in support of the exiled leader anti-government demonstrations a peaceful/violent demonstration compare march See related entries: Protest
  2. 2(informal demo) [countable, uncountable] an act of showing or explaining how something works or is done We were given a brief demonstration of the computer's functions. a practical demonstration a demonstration model (= a model used to show how something works) We provide demonstration of videoconferencing over the Internet.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] an act of giving proof or evidence for something a demonstration of the connection between the two sets of figures a demonstration of how something that seems simple can turn out to be very complicated
  4. 4[countable] an act of showing a feeling or an opinion a public demonstration of affection a demonstration of support for the reforms
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (also in the senses ‘proof provided by logic’ and ‘sign, indication’): from Latin demonstratio(n-), from demonstrare ‘point out’. Sense (1) dates from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples I’ll give a quick demonstration of some first-aid techniques. Police in riot gear dispersed the demonstration. Taxi drivers staged a demonstration against the new law. The demonstration was called off at the last minute. The government does not wish to provoke further demonstrations. The president’s decision provoked public demonstrations. The strike was a dramatic demonstration of the power of the workforce. The visiting president was greeted by hostile demonstrations. Thousands gathered for a peaceful demonstration. a protest demonstration against the war demonstrations calling for an end to sanctions demonstrations in protest at the arrests demonstrations in protest of the administration mass demonstrations against cuts in the health service physical demonstrations of affection police intervention at demonstrations student demonstrations in favour of a multi-party system As a student, she had taken part in many demonstrations. Protesters go on demonstrations, armed with flowers to give to the police. She was given to quite embarrassing public demonstrations of emotion. The election results gave ample demonstration of collapsing support for the Communist Party. The performance was a remarkable demonstration of his abilities. There were mass demonstrations in support of the exiled leader. They are holding a peaceful demonstration in Central Park. This is a clear demonstration of how something that seems simple can turn out to be very complicated. We bought the demonstration model at half price. We were given a brief demonstration of the computer’s functions.
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