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Dictionary Definition



1 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" [syn: turn out, turn up]
2 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" [syn: demonstrate, establish, show, shew] [ant: disprove]
3 provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence" [syn: testify, bear witness, evidence, show]
4 prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
5 put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe" [syn: test, try, try out, examine, essay]
6 increase in volume; "the dough rose slowly in the warm room" [syn: rise]
7 cause to puff up with a leaven; "unleavened bread" [syn: raise, leaven]
8 take a trial impression of
9 obtain probate of; "prove a will" [also: proven]

User Contributed Dictionary



Via from , compare French prouver.


  • /pruːv/
  • Rhymes with: -uːv


  1. To demonstrate that something is true; to give proof for.
    I will prove my method is more effective than yours.
    The hypothesis has not been proven to our satisfaction.
  2. To turn out; to manifest.
    It proved to be a cold day.
    Have an exit strategy should your calculations prove incorrect.


to demonstrate that something is true; to give proof for
to turn out; to manifest



  1. Plural of prova

Extensive Definition

Proof may refer to:
In entertainment:
prove in Bengali: প্রমাণ
prove in Czech: Důkaz
prove in Danish: Bevis
prove in German: Proof
prove in Estonian: Proof
prove in Spanish: Prueba
prove in Esperanto: Pruvo
prove in Italian: Prova
prove in Hungarian: Bizonyítás
prove in Dutch: Proof
prove in Norwegian: Bevis
prove in Portuguese: Prova (desambiguação)
prove in Romanian: Dovadă
prove in Russian: Доказательство
prove in Simple English: Proof
prove in Slovak: Dôkaz
prove in Serbo-Croatian: Dokaz
prove in Finnish: Todistus
prove in Thai: พรูฟ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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