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Definition of prove verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    prove

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pruːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pruːv//
     
    In British English proved is the more common form. Look also at proven.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prove
    BrE BrE//pruːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pruːv//
     
    he / she / it proves
    BrE BrE//pruːvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pruːvz//
     
    past simple proved
    BrE BrE//pruːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pruːvd//
     
    past participle proved
    BrE BrE//pruːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pruːvd//
     
    (especially North American English) past participle proven
    BrE BrE//ˈpruːvn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpruːvn//
     
    -ing form proving
    BrE BrE//ˈpruːvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpruːvɪŋ//
     
    Experiments and research
     
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    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 proved 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 proved that… Can it be proved that he did commit these offences? opposite disprove Language BankevidenceGiving proof There is clear evidence 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. There is little evidence 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 See related entries: Experiments and research
  2. be
  3. 2  linking 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 (4) + 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) Word Origin Middle English: from Old French prover, from Latin probare ‘test, approve, demonstrate’, from probus ‘good’.Extra examples He tried to prove his theory to his friends. I certainly don’t have anything to prove—my record speaks for itself. I was determined to prove my critics wrong. The deaths are being treated as suspicious until we can prove otherwise. Their behaviour just proves my point. This theory cannot be proved scientifically. What are you trying to prove? ‘I know you’re lying.’ ‘Prove it!’ Are you just doing this to prove a point? Can it be proved that he did commit these offences? He felt he needed to prove his point. Just give me a chance and I’ll prove it to you.Idioms
    the exception that proves the rule
     
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    (saying) people say that something is the exception that proves the rule when they are stating something that seems to be different from the normal situation, but they mean that the normal situation remains true in general Most electronics companies have not done well this year, but ours is the exception that proves the rule.
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