(third-person singular simple present proves, present participle proving, simple past proved, past participle proved or proven)
- To demonstrate that something is true or viable; to give proof for.
- I will prove that my method is more effective than yours.
- The hypothesis has not been proven to our satisfaction.
- (intransitive) To turn out; to manifest.
- It proved to be a cold day.
- (copulative) To turn out to be.
- Have an exit strategy should your calculations prove incorrect.
- To put to the test, to make trial of.
- They took the experimental car to the proving-grounds.
- The exception proves the rule.
- To ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of; to verify.
- to prove a will
- (archaic) To experience
- (printing, dated) To take a trial impression of; to take a proof of.
- to prove a page
From Middle English proven, from Old English prÅfian (“to esteem, regard as, evince, try, prove"), from Late Latin probÅ (“test, try, examine, approve, show to be good or fit, prove", verb), from probus (“good, worthy, excellent"), from Proto-Indo-European *pro-bhwo- (“being in front, prominent"), from Proto-Indo-European *pro-, *per- (“toward") + Proto-Indo-European *bhu- (“to be"). Influenced by Old French prover, from the same Latin source. Displaced native Middle English sothen (“to prove"), from Old English sÅÃ¾ian (“to prove"). More at for, be, soothe.
Simple past form of proove, conjugated in the Germanic strong declension, on the pattern of choose â†’ chose.