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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Whoever first realised the doner’s potential, the fierce debate over its origins demonstrates how wholeheartedly the snack has been adopted in Germany. 1843, "Don’t knock the doner kebab," 10 July 2019 The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will also be on hand to demonstrate the use of some of that agency’s larger drones in the law enforcement sphere, according to Townsley. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Big Drone Event to buzz Carroll Indoor Sports Center July 11," 10 July 2019 Even so, Reagan also demonstrated generosity toward undocumented migrants. Anthony W. Fontes, The Conversation, "The long, bipartisan history of dealing with immigrants harshly," 9 July 2019 Each group demonstrated its own particular taste in media and entertainment. Johanna Blakley, Quartzy, "Four TV shows that both liberals and conservatives love—and one they both hate," 5 July 2019 Tony also demonstrates how to set up a new skateboard, how to apply griptape, how to do an ollie, how to boardslide, how to do a 540° McTwist and more. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "You've Never Seen Skateparks Like This Before," 1 July 2019 The course has demonstrated creative ways of expressing science, at the same time, a new realm of content has been opened for the declining folk arts of the country—that of science and technology. Bitasta Das, Quartz India, "How I engage students of India’s premier science school in folk arts," 27 June 2019 These metros demonstrate that focusing on sprawling, drivable sub-urban development patterns reduce economic performance and social equity outcomes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why building walkable cities is the key to economic success," 24 June 2019 Furthermore, it had been demonstrated in empirical trials that a woman gravitates to the sexiest man in the room. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019

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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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13 Jul 2019

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The first known use of demonstrate was in 1548

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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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