A mother demonstrates cooking.
- To demonstrate is defined as to show something by example.
An example of to demonstrate is to show someone how to cook a meal.
- The definition of demonstrate is to prove something using logic.
An example of to demonstrate is to explain something clearly to make a point.
- Demonstrate means to march or protest against something with a group.
An example of to demonstrate is to show support for an issue by joining a picket line.
transitive verbdemonstrated, demonstrating
- to show by reasoning; prove
- to explain or make clear by using examples, experiments, etc.
- to show the operation or working of; specif., to show (a product) in use in an effort to sell it
- to show (feelings) plainly
Origin of demonstrate; from Classical Latin demonstratus, past participle of demonstrare, to point out, show ; from de-, out, from + monstrare, to show: see muster
- to show one's feelings or views by taking part in a mass meeting, parade, etc.
- to show military power or preparedness
verbdem·on·strat·ed, dem·on·strat·ing, dem·on·strates
- To show clearly and deliberately; manifest: demonstrated her skill as a gymnast; demonstrate affection by hugging.
- To show to be true by reasoning or adducing evidence; prove: demonstrate a proposition.
- To present by experiments, examples, or practical application; explain and illustrate: demonstrated the laws of physics with laboratory equipment.
- To show the use of (an article) to a prospective buyer: The salesperson plugged in and demonstrated the vacuum cleaner.
- To give a demonstration: described the dance step, then took a partner and demonstrated.
- To participate in a public display of opinion: demonstrated against tax hikes.
Origin of demonstrateLatin dēmōnstrāre, dēmōnstrāt- : dē-, completely; see de– + mōnstrāre, to show (from mōnstrum, divine portent, from monēre, to warn; see men-1 in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present demonstrates, present participle demonstrating, simple past and past participle demonstrated)
From Latin dēmonstrō (“I show”)