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prove /ˈpruv/

(vt.)證明,查驗,檢驗,勘探,顯示(vi.)證明是

Prove v. t. [imp. & p. p. Proved p. pr. & vb. n. Proving.]

1. To try or to ascertain by an experiment, or by a test or standard; to test; as, to prove the strength of gunpowder or of ordnance; to prove the contents of a vessel by a standard measure.

*Thou hast proved mine heart.* --*Ps. xvii. 3.*

2. To evince, establish, or ascertain, as truth, reality, or fact, by argument, testimony, or other evidence.

*They have inferred much from slender premises, and conjectured when they could not prove.* --*J. H. Newman.*

3. To ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of; to verify; as, to prove a will.

4. To gain experience of the good or evil of; to know by trial; to experience; to suffer.

*Where she, captived long, great woes did prove.* --*Spenser.*

5. Arith. To test, evince, ascertain, or verify, as the correctness of any operation or result; thus, in subtraction, if the difference between two numbers, added to the lesser number, makes a sum equal to the greater, the correctness of the subtraction is __proved__.

6. Printing To take a trial impression of; to take a proof of; as, to prove a page.

Syn: -- To try; verify; justify; confirm; establish; evince; manifest; show; demonstrate.

Prove, v. i.

1. To make trial; to essay.

2. To be found by experience, trial, or result; to turn out to be; as, a medicine proves salutary; the report proves false. *“The case proves mortal.”* --

3. To succeed; to turn out as expected. [Obs.]

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From: WordNet (r) 2.0

prove

v 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]