She had to prove that she was old enough to enter the club by showing her I.D. to security.
- An example of prove is when you conduct a science experiment in order to conclusively show your hypothesis was correct.
- An example of prove is when you show your identification to establish your true age.
- An example of prove is when you convince a court that your version of a legal case is true.
- An example of prove is when you show your willingness and ability to solve problems.
transitive verbproved, proved or prov′en, prov′ing
- to test by experiment, a standard, etc.; subject to a testing process; try out
- to establish as true; demonstrate to be a fact
- to establish the validity or authenticity of (esp. a will)
- to show (oneself) to be capable, dependable, etc.
- Archaic to experience; learn or know by experience
- Math. to test or verify the correctness of (a calculation, etc.)
- Printing to take a proof of (type, etc.)
Origin of proveMiddle English proven from Old French prover from Classical Latin probare: see probe
- to be found or shown by experience or trial; turn out to be: a guess that proved right
- Archaic to make trial
the exception proves the rulesee exception
verbproved, proved, or prov·en prov·ing, proves
- 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.
- Law a. To establish by the required amount of evidence: proved his case in court.b. To establish the authenticity of (a will).
- Mathematics a. To demonstrate the validity of (a hypothesis or proposition).b. To verify (the result of a calculation).
- To subject (a gun, for instance) to a test.
- Printing To make a sample impression of (type); proof.
- Archaic To find out or learn (something) through experience.
Origin of proveMiddle English proven from Old French prover from Latin probāre to test from probus good ; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
- prov′a·bil′i·ty prov′a·ble·ness
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.
(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 tense of proove.