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Definition of Prove


  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.
  2. To evince, establish, or ascertain, as truth, reality, or fact, by argument, testimony, or other evidence.
  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.
  5. 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. To take a trial impression of; to take a proof of; as, to prove a page.
  7. To make trial; to essay.
  8. To be found by experience, trial, or result; to turn out to be; as, a medicine proves salutary; the report proves false.
  9. To succeed; to turn out as expected.

Prove Quotations

The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself.
Eddie Vedder

If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.
Omar N. Bradley

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when it be obeyed.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

I try to keep in my mind the simple question: Am I trying to do good or make myself look good? Too many of our responsibilities get added to our plate when we are trying to please people, impress people, prove ourselves, acquire power, increase our prestige. All those motivations are about looking good more than doing good.
Kevin DeYoung

There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.
Audrey Hepburn
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Prove Translations

prove in Danish is bevise
prove in Dutch is bewijzen, aantonen
prove in Italian is provare
prove in Latin is comprobo, experior (experiri; expertus ), probo
prove in Spanish is verificar
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