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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Prove \Prove\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Proved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Proving}.] [OE. prover, F. prouver, fr. L. probare to try, approve, prove, fr. probus good, proper. Cf. {Probable}, {Proof}, {Probe}.]
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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Prove \Prove\, verb (used without an object)
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." --Arbuthnot.
So life a winter's morn may prove. --Keble.
3. To succeed; to turn out as expected. [Obs.] "The experiment proved not." --Bacon.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
verb
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: {prove}, {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: {prove}, {demonstrate}, {establish}, {show}, {shew}] [ant: {confute}, {disprove}]
3: provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence" [syn: {testify}, {bear witness}, {prove}, {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}, {prove}, {try}, {try out}, {examine}, {essay}]
6: increase in volume; "the dough rose slowly in the warm room" [syn: {rise}, {prove}]
7: cause to puff up with a leaven; "unleavened bread" [syn: {raise}, {leaven}, {prove}]
8: take a trial impression of
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