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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also prøve

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English

Most common English words: working « breath « camp « #990: prove » engaged » America » servant

Etymology 1

< Middle English prove < Old French prover (compare French prouver) < Latin probare (to test, try, examine, approve, show to be good or fit, prove) < probus (good, excellent). Cf. probe, probity, proof etc., and cf. approve, disprove, improve, reprove etc., approbate, reprobate etc., approbation, probation.

Pronunciation

Alternative spellings

Verb

Infinitive
to prove

Third person singular
proves

Simple past
proved

Past participle
proved or proven

Present participle
proving

to prove (third-person singular simple present proves, present participle proving, simple past proved, past participle proved or proven)

  1. (transitive) To demonstrate that something is true or viable; to give proof for.
    I will prove my method is more effective than yours.
    The hypothesis has not been proven to our satisfaction.
  2. (intransitive) To turn out; to manifest.
    It proved to be a cold day.
  3. (copulative) To turn out to be.
    Have an exit strategy should your calculations prove incorrect.
  4. (transitive) To (put to the) test, proof
  5. (archaic) To experience
Derived terms
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Etymology 2

Simple past form of proove, conjugated in the Germanic strong declension, on the pattern of choosechose.

Pronunciation

Verb

prove

  1. Simple past of proove.

External links

  • prove in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • prove in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Dutch

Noun

prove (plural proven, diminutive provetje, diminutive plural provetjes)

  1. A gift out of love
  2. A life-long maintenance

Italian

Noun

prove f.

  1. Plural form of prova.

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of eoprv
  • pover







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