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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.
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