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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web With companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin hoping to build a future for humanity in space, space tourism is a way to demonstrate both the safety and reliability of space travel to the general public. Wendy Whitman Cobb, The Conversation, "Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch," 28 Apr. 2021 The children and their father were at the home to demonstrate home to use an underwater scooter, which is a piece of scuba-diving equipment, sheriff’s spokeswoman Christine Christofek told TC Palm. orlandosentinel.com, "2 young siblings die days after being found in Florida pool," 28 Apr. 2021 These photographs were then used to elicit labels from different populations to demonstrate the universality of facial expressions. Kate Crawford, The Atlantic, "Why We Shouldn’t Trust AI to Tell Us What We Feel," 27 Apr. 2021 Within three months, two of her students were ready to demonstrate their emergency shelter. Max G. Levy, Wired, "This Human-Sized Origami Reimagines Emergency Shelters," 27 Apr. 2021 Exactly what the sanctions will be for athletes who do demonstrate at the Olympics remains in question and will have to be determined by IOC legal officials. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "IOC signals plan to continue barring protests, demonstrations during Olympics," 22 Apr. 2021 The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Marshall-Motley Scholars Program, announced earlier this year, is a multi-million-dollar scholarship fund to support law students who demonstrate a commitment to becoming civil rights lawyers. Raymond Pierce, Forbes, "In The Battle For Education Equity, Civil Rights Attorneys Are Key Players," 21 Apr. 2021 Last month, the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, approved the nation's first reparations program, which will provide funding for home loans to residents who can demonstrate harm from discriminatory housing practices. Matt Egan, CNN, "One of America's first Black CEOs slams 'bone-headed' Georgia law as blatant attempt to suppress Black vote," 6 Apr. 2021 Applications are open to Connecticut residents who demonstrate a commitment to furthering their collegiate studies. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of demonstrate was in 1548

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4 May 2021

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“Demonstrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demonstrate. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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