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Learner's definition of PROVE

1 [+ object] : to show the existence, truth, or correctness of (something) by using evidence, logic, etc.

- The charges against him were never proved in court.
- The government failed to prove its case.
- We have evidence that will prove his guilt. = We have evidence that will prove that he is guilty.
- It could not be proven that the suspect stole the money.
- A person who is charged with a crime is considered innocent until proved/proven guilty.
- mathematicians trying to prove a theorem
- He climbed the mountain just to prove [=show] (that) he could.
- What are you trying to prove by behaving so recklessly? [=why are you behaving so recklessly?]
- I've accomplished everything I wanted to; I've got nothing left to prove. [=I do not have to do anything more to show that I am skillful, successful, etc.]
- He's willing to do almost anything to prove a point. [=to show that he is right about something]
- To prove her point, she got out the old research.

— opposite disprove

2 [+ object] : to show that (someone or something) has a particular quality, ability, etc.

- We have evidence that will prove him (to be) guilty. [=that will prove that he is guilty]
- The tests proved the vaccine to be effective.
- Her second album was a hit that proved her critics wrong.

3 [linking verb] : to turn out to be— used to say that something or someone is eventually found to have a particular quality, ability, etc.

- The new drug may prove (to be) beneficial/effective.
- The vaccine has proven (to be) effective after years of tests.
- It may prove difficult/impossible to do this.
- The report of the war's end proved (to be) false.
- The book should prove helpful to many people.
- The new system could prove to be as bad as the old one was.

: to show that you are able to do something or to succeed

- She was eager to prove herself in her new job.
- She has proven herself (to be) capable of excellent work. [=she has shown that she is capable of excellent work]

- The case will not be easily provable.

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