demonstrate

verb
dem·​on·​strate | \ ˈde-mən-ˌstrāt How to pronounce demonstrate (audio) \
demonstrated; demonstrating

Definition of demonstrate

transitive verb

1 : to show clearly demonstrate a willingness to cooperate must demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in order to pass the class The police demonstrated calm restraint during the riot.
2a : to prove or make clear by reasoning or evidence crowded classrooms that demonstrate the need for more schools in the area
b : to illustrate and explain especially with many examples demonstrate a procedure
3 : to show or prove the value or efficiency of to a prospective buyer demonstrate a new kitchen gadget

intransitive verb

: to make a demonstration Allow me to demonstrate. crowds demonstrating for the right to vote

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Synonyms & Antonyms for demonstrate

Synonyms

establish, prove, show, substantiate

Antonyms

disprove

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show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent. show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words. careful not to show his true feelings manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation. manifested musical ability at an early age evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something. a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs. evinced not the slightest fear demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling. demonstrated their approval by loud applause

Examples of demonstrate in a Sentence

Each student must demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in order to pass the class. Employees must demonstrate competence in certain skills before they can work independently. The medication will not be marketed until it is demonstrated to be safe. The latest test results clearly demonstrate that the vaccine works. The group's failed efforts demonstrate how difficult it is to convince people to change their habits. They have demonstrated a willingness to negotiate. Several people will be demonstrating traditional farming techniques. The instructor demonstrated the correct procedure for pruning a tree. Would you mind demonstrating how the machine works?
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Protesters who spent months demonstrating against Mr. Bashir’s three-decade rule are refusing to accept the military transitional council that toppled him earlier this month. Summer Said, WSJ, "As Sudan Grapples With a Post-Bashir Future, Regional Powers Circle," 27 Apr. 2019 Its unique positioning and power is very much built by an underdog movement, bottom up: speaking ‘truth to power’ all the while demonstrating cutting edge solutions that have the power to both disrupt the fashion industry and save our planet. Celine Semaan, Teen Vogue, "Why I Started a Sustainable Fashion Conference Series," 26 Apr. 2019 His Royal Highness asked some probing questions and demonstrated a real grasp of our mission. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Prince William's Top Secret Internship at Britain's Intelligence Agencies," 6 Apr. 2019 In 1825 Owen founded New Harmony, an Indiana commune, to demonstrate the superiority of what was first... Joshua Muravchik, WSJ, "Socialism Fails Every Time," 9 Apr. 2019 To demonstrate, in 2016 his team flew the smallest cyclocopter ever, weighing just one ounce. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "After More Than a Century, the Cyclocopter Is Making a Comeback," 5 Apr. 2019 The dress O’Shea donated stands next to a photograph of a quintessentially ’60s model wearing it— all angles, with her head turned to demonstrate her radical 5-point Vidal Sassoon cut in profile. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Mary Quant and Her Chelsea Girls Swing Into London’s V&A Museum," 5 Apr. 2019 According to The Hill, any potential plaintiff needs to be able to demonstrate that a court ruling against Trump declaring the national emergency or building the wall would prevent some kind of damage or harm. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Threatening to Declare a National Emergency to Get Border Wall Funding. Here's Why He Shouldn’t.," 11 Jan. 2019 The intent of the live 5G networks at the tech summit is to demonstrate 5G user experiences rather than peak speeds. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "The first ‘real world’ 5G test was a dud," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of demonstrate

1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for demonstrate

borrowed from Latin dēmonstrātus, past participle of dēmonstrāre "to draw attention to, indicate, describe, show," from dē- de- + monstrāre "to point out, show" — more at muster entry 2

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demonstrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of demonstrate

: to prove (something) by showing examples of it : to show evidence of (something)
: to prove (something) by being an example of it : to be evidence of (something)
: to show (a quality, feeling, etc.) clearly to other people

demonstrate

verb
dem·​on·​strate | \ ˈde-mən-ˌstrāt How to pronounce demonstrate (audio) \
demonstrated; demonstrating

Kids Definition of demonstrate

1 : to show clearly He demonstrates a willingness to change.
2 : to prove or make clear by reasoning Galileo demonstrated that the earth revolves around the sun.
3 : to explain (as in teaching) by use of examples or experiments My science project demonstrates blood circulation.
4 : to show to people the good qualities of an article or a product demonstrate a new car
5 : to make a public display (as of feelings or military force) Marchers demonstrated for human rights.

demonstrate

verb
dem·​on·​strate | \ ˈdem-ən-ˌstrāt How to pronounce demonstrate (audio) \
demonstrated; demonstrating

Medical Definition of demonstrate

transitive verb

1 : to show clearly demonstrated the artery arteriographically
2 : to prove or make clear by reasoning or evidence

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