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v. -proved, -prov•ing. v.t.
1. to criticize or correct, esp. gently.
2. to express strong disapproval of; censure.
3. Obs. to disprove or refute.
4. to speak in reproof.
[1275–1325; Middle English (v.) < Old French reprover < Latin reprobāre to condemn, reject = re- re- + probāre to approve, examine, prove]
re•prov′er, n.
re•prov′ing•ly, adv.
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Normative heterosexual masculinity in Brazil is no different as boys and men are expected to earn or prove (and constantly re-prove) their masculinity through a variety of behaviors that have been coded with so-called masculine values.
NAIFA deserves the chance to re-prove its worth to the agent and carrier communities.
Inevitably the new players coming in represent a challenge to those who are already there and I have identified five who might have to re-prove themselves.
Wilfork also stated he doesn't feel the need to have to re-prove himself.
Gamra, who is scheduled to attend the 4th Technical Tourism Committee of Iran and Tunisia in Tehran in the near future, reiterated at the meeting that the expansion of ties with Iran in all fields, including tourism, is a goal of Tunisian government and this visit is to re-prove the serious intention of Tunisia for strengthening relations with Iran.
The court stated that the EPA "is not required to re-prove the existence of the atom every time it approaches a scientific question."