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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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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web Military analysts expect large naval and air maneuvers to be staged in coming days to demonstrate control of the waters around Taiwan. Charles Hutzler, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 Those entreaties are unlikely to satisfy Xi, who has cultivated a hypernationalistic mood at home and is likely to feel compelled to respond forcefully to demonstrate Chinese resolve. Lily Kuo, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2022 The competition to provide a suitable aircraft got underway in May of last year when SOCOM awarded five companies a total of $19.2 million to demonstrate low-cost turboprop alternatives. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 For both Eiselt and Lee, making the documentary provided a chance to demonstrate how no amount of preparation, research, or prior knowledge can prevent medical neglect. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Aug. 2022 Some actions and investments have immediate carbon savings, while others will take years to demonstrate results. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 2 Aug. 2022 The video was shot outdoors to demonstrate the robust colour response under natural lighting. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Aug. 2022 Phillips believes that sanctions alone are not the solution, instead arguing that the administration needs to demonstrate a credible threat of military force to deter Iran's growing ambitions. Michael Lee, Fox News, 2 Aug. 2022 The United States continues to demonstrate our resolve and our capacity to defend the American people against those who seek to do us harm. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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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.


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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