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dem·on·strate

demonstrate

 
 
pronunciation:
de mn streIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
grammatical pattern:
verb + WH clause, verb + WH + inf, verb + that clause
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: demonstrates, demonstrating, demonstrated
definition 1: to explain or describe, esp. by modeling or using many examples.
Using visual aids, the teacher demonstrated how a solar eclipse occurs.[verb + WH clause ] Our skating instructor always demonstrates the moves before we try to do them.The chef demonstrated how to properly sharpen a knife.[verb + WH + inf ]
synonyms:
clarify, detail, exemplify, illustrate, show
similar words:
describe, evince, exhibit, explain, explicate, expound, teach, tell
definition 2: to show evidence of; prove.
By the end of the trial, the lawyer had demonstrated his client's innocence.The researchers hoped their results would demonstrate that the treatment was effective.[verb + that clause ]
 
synonyms:
establish, evidence, evince, manifest, prove, substantiate
similar words:
ascertain, cite, confirm, corroborate, determine, document, exhibit, justify, show, sustain, testify, validate, verify
definition 3: to reveal; show.
He was happy to have a chance to demonstrate his skill at cooking.
synonyms:
display, manifest, show
similar words:
ascertain, determine, disclose, evidence, exhibit, expose, prove, reflect, reveal, uncover
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to give, stage, or take part in a demonstration.
The workers demonstrated for better pay and a safer place to work.The students demonstrated against the new rules, claiming they were unfair.
 
similar words:
agitate, parade, picket, protest, rally, strike
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