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? See More
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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