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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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

proved

adj : established beyond doubt; "a proven liar"; "a Soviet leader

of proven shrewdness" [syn: proven] [ant: unproved]