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## prove

(pro͞ov)*v.*

**proved**,

**proved**or

**prov·en**(pro͞o′vən),

**prov·ing**,

**proves**

*v.*

*tr.*

**1.**

**a.**To establish the truth or validity of (something) by the presentation of argument or evidence: The novel proves that the essayist can write in more than one genre. The storm proved him to be wrong in his prediction.

**b.**To demonstrate the reality of (something): He proved his strength by doing 50 pushups.

**c.**To show (oneself) to be what is specified or to have a certain characteristic: proved herself to be a formidable debater; proved herself to be worthy of the task.

**2.**

*Law*

**a.**To establish by the required amount of evidence: proved his case in court.

**b.**To establish the authenticity of (a will).

**3.**

*Mathematics*

**a.**To demonstrate the validity of (a hypothesis or proposition).

**b.**To verify (the result of a calculation).

**4.**To subject (a gun, for instance) to a test.

**5.**

*Printing*To make a sample impression of (type); proof.

**6.**

*Archaic*To find out or learn (something) through experience.

*v.*

*intr.*

To be shown to be such; turn out: a theory that proved impractical in practice; a schedule that proved to be too demanding.

*Phrasal Verb:*

*prove out* To turn out well; succeed.

[Middle English proven, from Old French prover, from Latin probāre,

*to test*, from probus,*good*; see per in Indo-European roots.]**prov′a·bil′i·ty**,

**prov′a·ble·ness**

*n.*

**prov′a·ble**

*adj.*

**prov′a·bly**

*adv.*

**prov′er**

*n.*

*Usage Note:**Prove*has two past participles:

*proved*and

*proven. Proved*is the older form.

*Proven*is a variant. The Middle English spellings of

*prove*included

*preven,*a form that died out in England but survived in Scotland, and the past participle

*proven*probably rose by analogy with verbs like

*weave, woven*and

*cleave, cloven. Proven*was originally used in Scottish legal contexts, such as

*The jury ruled that the charges were not proven.*In the 1900s,

*proven*made inroads into the territory once dominated by

*proved,*so that now the two forms compete on equal footing as participles. However, when used as an adjective before a noun,

*proven*is now the more common word:

*a proven talent.*

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## prove

(pruːv)*vb*(

*mainly tr*) ,

**proves**,

**proving**,

**proved**,

**proved**

*or*

**proven**

**1.**(

*may take a clause as object or an infinitive*) to establish or demonstrate the truth or validity of; verify, esp by using an established sequence of procedures or statements

**2.**to establish the quality of, esp by experiment or scientific analysis

**3.**(Law)

*law*to establish the validity and genuineness of (a will)

**4.**to show (oneself) able or courageous

**5.**(

*copula*) to be found or shown (to be): this has proved useless; he proved to be invaluable.

**6.**(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding)

*printing*to take a trial impression of (type, etc)

**7.**(Cookery) (

*intr*) (of dough) to rise in a warm place before baking

**8.**

*archaic*to undergo

[C12: from Old French

*prover,*from Latin*probāre*to test, from*probus*honest]**ˈprovable**

*adj*

**ˌprovaˈbility**

*n*

**ˈprovably**

*adv*

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## prove

(pruv)*v.*

**proved, proved**

**prov•en, prov•ing.**

*v.t.*

**1.**to establish the truth, genuineness, or validity of, as by evidence or argument.

**2.**to give demonstration of; cause to be shown as specified: Events have proved me right.

**3.**to subject to a test, experiment, or analysis to determine quality, characteristics, etc.: to prove ore.

**4.**to show (oneself) to have the character or ability expected, esp. through one's actions.

**5.**to verify the correctness or validity of by mathematical demonstration or arithmetical proof.

**6.**

*Law*. to probate (a will).

**8.**to cause (dough) to rise to the necessary lightness.

**9.**

*Archaic.*to experience.

*v.i.*

**10.**to turn out: The experiment proved to be successful.

**11.**to be found by trial or experience to be: His story proved false.

**12.**(of dough) to rise to a specified lightness.

[1125–75; Middle English < Old French

*prover*< Latin*probāre*to approve, examine, prove, derivative of*probus*good, upright. See probity]**prov′a•ble,**

*adj.*

**prov`a•bil′i•ty, prov′a•ble•ness,**

*n.*

**prov′a•bly,**

*adv.*

**prov′er,**

*n.*

**usage:**Either

**proved**or

**proven**is standard as the past participle of prove. As a modifier,

**proven**is by far the more common:

*a proven fact.*

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## prove

- probe, prove, probable - Latin probare, "approve, prove, test," is the source of English probe and prove. From that came Latin probabilis, "provable," which became English probable.
- sooth, soothsayer, soothe - Sooth, "true, truth," or "that which is," is part of soothsayer; it is related to soothe, which once meant "assent to be true; say yes to," or "to prove or show a fact to be true."
- approve - Its original sense was "prove, demonstrate."
- rebut, refute - To rebut a statement is to offer clear evidence or a reasoned argument against it; to refute a statement is to prove it wrong (neither means "contradict" or "deny").

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## prove

–**test**

**1.**

**'prove'**

If you **prove** that something is true or correct, you provide evidence showing that it is definitely true or correct.

*He was able to*

__prove__that he was an American.*Tests*

__proved__that the bullet was not fired from a police weapon.**2.**

**'test'**

When you use a practical method to try to find out how good or bad someone or something is, don't say that you 'prove' them. Say that you **test** them.

*I will*

__test__you on your knowledge of French.*A number of new techniques*

__were tested__.Collins COBUILD English Usage © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 2004, 2011, 2012

## prove

**Past participle:**proven

**Gerund:**proving

Imperative |
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prove |

prove |

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## prove

To allow a yeast dough to rise and expand by leaving it to rest in a warm place.

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Verb | 1. | prove - be shown or be found to be; "She proved to be right"; "The medicine turned out to save her life"; "She turned up HIV positive"be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer" |

2. | prove - establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"prove oneself - show one's ability or courage prove - prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain - establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; "his story confirmed my doubts"; "The evidence supports the defendant" negate, contradict - prove negative; show to be false stultify - prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence; "nobody is legally allowed to stultify himself" | |

3. | prove - provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order" attest, certify, evidence, manifest, demonstrate - provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; "His high fever attested to his illness"; "The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication"; "This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness" inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights" presume - constitute reasonable evidence for; "A restaurant bill presumes the consumption of food" | |

4. | prove - prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proofmath, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement shew, show, demonstrate, prove, establish - establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture" | |

5. | prove - put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people" verify, control - check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard; "Are you controlling for the temperature?" float - circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with; "The Republicans are floating the idea of a tax reform" field-test - test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used; "The Army field tested the new tanks" | |

6. | prove - increase in volume; "the dough rose slowly in the warm room"grow - become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain; "The problem grew too large for me"; "Her business grew fast" | |

7. | prove - cause to puff up with a leaven; "unleavened bread" | |

8. | prove - take a trial impression of | |

9. | prove - obtain probate of; "prove a will"law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order" authenticate - establish the authenticity of something |

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## prove

*verb*

**2.**verify, establish, determine, show, evidence, confirm, demonstrate, justify, ascertain, bear out, attest, substantiate, corroborate, authenticate, evince,

**show clearly**new evidence that could prove their innocence

**rule out, discredit, refute, disprove, give the lie to**

*verify***prove yourself**

**show yourself**,

**demonstrate your ability**Now's your chance to prove yourself. She proved herself to be a good mother.

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## prove

*verb*

**1.**To establish as true or genuine:

**2.**To subject to a procedure that ascertains effectiveness, value, proper function, or other quality:

**bring to the test, make trial of, put to the proof.**

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Translations

**ukázat se**

**dokázat**

**ukázat**

**bevise**

**tõestama**

**todistaa**

**näyttää toteen**

**dokazati**

**bukti**

**reynast**

**sanna**

**立証する**

**証明する**

**입증하다**

**įrodytas**

**įrodyti**

**izrādīties**

**pierādīt**

**dokazati**

**bevisa**

**jäsa**

**visa**

**พิสูจน์**

**chứng minh**

## prove

[pruːv] (**proved (**)

*pt*) (**proved**)*or*proven (*pp*)**A.**

*VT*

**1.**(=

*give proof of*) [+

*theory, statement*] → demostrar, probar; (

*one's love, loyalty, strength*) → demostrar

my son was murdered, and I'm going to prove it → a mi hijo lo asesinaron, y voy a demostrarlo

*or*probarlo

can you prove it? → ¿lo puede demostrar

*or*probar?

statistics never prove anything → las estadísticas nunca prueban

*or*demuestran nada

you say you love me, so prove it → dices que me quieres, pues demuéstralo

*or*pruébalo

he wanted to prove his love for her → quería demostrar su amor por ella

**you can't prove anything**→ usted no tiene ninguna prueba en mi contra → usted no puede demostrar

__against__me*or*probar nada en mi contra

**it just proves**→ simplemente demuestra

__how__stupid he is*or*prueba lo tonto que es

**to prove sb's**→ demostrar

__innocence__, prove sb__innocent__*or*probar la inocencia de algn

**to prove one's**→ demostrar que uno está en lo cierto

__point__*or*tiene razón

she took him to court just to prove a point → lo llevó a los tribunales simplemente para demostrar

*or*probar que estaba en lo cierto

*or*que ella tenía razón

**to prove sb**→ demostrar que algn tiene razón

__right__he was proved right in the end → al fin se demostró que tenía razón

**it's been**→ se ha probado

__scientifically__proven*or*proved*or*demostrado científicamente, ha sido probado

*or*demostrado científicamente

**to prove**→ demostrar que, probar que

__that__that proves that she did it → eso demuestra

*or*prueba que ella lo hizo

**she wants to prove**→ quiere demostrarse a sí misma que todavía puede mantener un trabajo

__to__herself that she can still hold down a job**what are you**→ ¿qué intentas demostrar

__trying__to prove?*or*probar?

**it's difficult to prove**→ es difícil demostrar

__what__'s going on*or*probar lo que está pasando

**→ aún falta por demostrar**

__whether__he was right remains to be proved*or*probar si tenía razón

**to prove sb**→ demostrar que algn está equivocado

__wrong__everyone said that we would fail but we proved them wrong → todo el mundo decía que fracasaríamos, pero demostramos que estaban equivocados

she attempted to prove their theory wrong → intentó encontrar pruebas que demostraran que su teoría estaba equivocada

**the exception proves the rule**→ la excepción confirma la regla

**2.**(=

*verify*) → comprobar

you can prove how effective this method is by trying it out yourself → puede comprobar la eficacia de este método probándolo usted mismo

**B.**

*VI*

**1.**(=

*turn out*) → resultar

it proved (to be) useful → resultó (ser) útil

if it proves (to be) otherwise → si resulta (ser) lo contrario

it may prove difficult to secure funding → puede que resulte difícil conseguir fondos

the news proved false → resultó que la noticia era falsa

the temptation proved too much for her → la tentación resultó demasiado grande para ella → no pudo resistir la tentación

**2.**(

*Culin*) [

*dough*] → leudarse

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## prove

[ˈpruːv]*vt*[+

*theory*] → prouver

The police couldn't prove it → La police n'a pas pu le prouver.

This proves nothing! → Cela ne prouve rien !

to prove (that) ... [

*evidence, results*] → prouver que ...

to prove sb right → donner raison à qn

History will prove him right → L'histoire lui donnera raison.

History will prove him to have been right all along → L'histoire prouvera qu'il avait raison depuis le début.

He was proved right in the end

*BUT*Il s'est avéré qu'il avait raison.

to prove sb wrong → donner tort à qn

I was determined to prove him wrong → J'étais décidé à lui donner tort.

*BUT*J'étais décidé à prouver qu'il avait tort.

to prove o.s. → montrer ce dont on est capable

to prove o.s. useful → s'avérer utile

to prove o.s. to be sth → s'avérer être qch

Margaret proved herself to be a good mother → Margaret s'est avérée être une bonne mère.

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## prove

*pret*<proved>,

*ptp*<proved

*or*proven>

*vt*

(= verify) → beweisen;

*will*→ beglaubigen; he**prove**d that she did it → er bewies*or*er wies nach, dass sie das getan hat; to**prove**somebody innocent*or*somebody’s innocence → jds Unschuld beweisen*or*nachweisen; to**prove**something against somebody → jdm etwas nachweisen; whether his judgement was right remains to be**prove**d*or***prove**n → es muss sich erst noch erweisen, ob seine Beurteilung zutrifft; it all goes to**prove**that … → das beweist mal wieder, dass …; he was**prove**d right in the end → er hat schließlich doch recht behalten(= test out, put to the proof)

*rifle, aircraft etc*→ erproben;*one’s worth, courage*→ unter Beweis stellen, beweisen; he did it just to**prove**a point → er tat es nur der Sache wegen(Cook)

*dough*→ gehen lassen*vi*

(Cook:

*dough*) → gehen*vr*

(= show one’s value, courage etc) → sich bewähren

to

**prove**oneself innocent/indispensable*etc*→ sich als unschuldig/unentbehrlich*etc*erweisenCollins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

## prove

[pruːv] (**proved (**) [ˈpruːv

*pt*) (**proved**)*or*proven (*pp*)__/ə__n]

**1.**

*vt*

**a.**(

*verify*) → provare, dimostrare

to prove sb innocent → provare

*or*dimostrare l'innocenza di qn

he was proved right in the end → alla fine i fatti gli hanno dato ragione

**b.**(

*put to the test, courage, usefulness*) → dimostrare, mettere alla prova

to prove o.s. → dar prova di sé

**2.**

*vi*=

**vt c**Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

## prove

(pruːv)*verb*

**1.**to show to be true or correct. This fact proves his guilt; He was proved guilty; Can you prove your theory?

**2.**to turn out, or be found, to be. His suspicions proved (to be) correct; This tool proved very useful.

**ˈproven**

*adjective*

(

*especially*in law) proved.Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

## prove

→ يُثَبِّت ukázat se bevise beweisen αποδεικνύω probar todistaa s’avérer dokazati dimostrarsi 立証する 입증하다 bewijzen bevise udowodnić provar доказывать jäsa พิสูจน์ kanıtlamak chứng minh 证明Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

## prove

*v.*demostrar, comprobar, probar.

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