Synonyms and Antonyms of demonstrate
1 to gain full recognition or acceptance of <you must demonstrate your scientific thesis before a jury of your professional peers> Synonyms establish, prove, show, substantiateRelated Words attest, authenticate, bear out, document, evidence, support, sustain, uphold; confirm, corroborate, justify, validate, verifyNear Antonyms confute, discredit, invalidate, rebut, refuteAntonyms disprove
2 to show the existence or truth of by evidence <the paleontologist hopes to demonstrate that dinosaurs once existed in central Peru by unearthing the fossil evidence> Synonyms prove, document, establish, substantiate, validateRelated Words back (up), buttress, circumstantiate, corroborate; evidence, evince, record, support, uphold, witness; adduce, attest, authenticate, certify, identify; confirm, sustain, verify, vouch; clinch, nail, settle; confess, depose, testifyNear Antonyms challenge, dispute, object; allege, assume, conjecture, guess, presume, surmise, suspectAntonyms disprove, rebut, refute
3 to make known (something abstract) through outward signs <the babysitter's actions during the emergency demonstrate beyond doubt her general dependability> Synonyms bespeak, betray, communicate, declare, show, display, evince, expose, give away, manifest, revealRelated Words bare, disclose, unbosom, uncloak, uncover; advertise, air, announce, blaze, broadcast, placard, proclaim, publicize, sound, trumpet; projectNear Antonyms belie, misrepresent; distort, falsify, garble, twist; camouflage, disguise; gild, gloss (over), varnish, whitewash; conceal, counterfeit, cover, hide, mask, obscure, occlude, veil
4 to make plain or understandable <a few striking facts should demonstrate the complex nature of our topic> Synonyms clarify, clear (up), construe, explain, demystify, elucidate, explicate, expound, get across, illuminate, illustrate, interpret, simplify, spell out, unriddleRelated Words decipher, decode; analyze, break down; disentangle, undo, unravel, unscramble, untangle; resolve, solve; define, specify; annotate, commentate, glossNear Antonyms befog, cloud; confound, confuse, obfuscateAntonyms obscure
5 to show or make clear by using examples <the visiting physicist demonstrated very graphically several basic scientific principles> Synonyms illustrate, exemplify, instanceRelated Words adduce, cite, mention, quote; name, specify; analyze, break down; clarify, clear (up), explain, explicate, expound; edify, elucidate, enlighten; illuminate; construe, interpret; simplify, spell out; detail, enumerate, listNear Antonyms becloud, blur, cloud, darken, fog, muddy, obscure; confuse, perplex, puzzle
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