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pronunciation:
pruv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: proves, proving, proved, proven
definition 1: to show (something) to be true, valid, or genuine.
The prosecutor failed to prove the prisoner's guilt.Tests proved that the water was unsafe to drink.The student proved to the professor that his answer was in fact correct.I don't believe it; you will have to prove it to me.
synonyms:
authenticate, confirm, establish, validate, verify
antonyms:
disprove, refute
similar words:
attest, certify, corroborate, demonstrate, evidence, justify, manifest, show, substantiate, support, sustain, uphold
definition 2: to measure the quality of by testing or demonstrating.
The new parachutes have been proved by the space agency.
synonyms:
assay, try
similar words:
analyze, demonstrate, test
definition 3: to show (oneself) to be worthy.
You must prove yourself before we allow you to become a member.
synonyms:
demonstrate, display, manifest, reveal, show
similar words:
evidence, exhibit
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to be found or shown in the final assessment.
The theory eventually proved true.
similar words:
come out, end up, eventuate
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derivations: provable (adj.), proved (adj.), proven (adj.), provably (adv.), provability (n.)