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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The genre has virality imprinted in its DNA, which is demonstrated on a weekly basis by a flood of memes that buoy songs to relevance. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "How “Songland” Tries and Fails to Honor the Songwriter," 11 June 2019 The defense showed jurors emails demonstrating that Warren was regularly in touch with Mujica about such matters. Bob Ortega, CNN, "No verdict in controversial border aid case," 11 June 2019 There are ample data points demonstrating that people with low empathy, even psychopaths, can turn on their care when properly motivated to do so. K.n.c., The Economist, "How to increase empathy and unite society," 7 June 2019 Thousands protested the president's visit to London, while thousands more demonstrated in Dublin. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump family members promote themselves, and businesses, on European trip," 7 June 2019 This sets the stage for future films during which Xavier will demonstrate his understanding of the need for sacrificing some players (including himself in Last Stand) to win the war. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Let's Talk About the Ending of Dark Phoenix," 7 June 2019 The 21-year-old scored four goals and contributed two assists, but brought so much more to the team - passing the ball around with effortless ease, dictating the tempo of the game and demonstrating a deft touch. SI.com, "Ben Godfrey: 5 Things to Know About Norwich's Highly Rated Youngster," 6 June 2019 And principles are something that YouTube lately has had far too much trouble demonstrating. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Three ways YouTube could fight harassment," 6 June 2019 Coleman’s iteration is more tactful, but the idea is similar: Students who demonstrate their intellectual ability, in this case by performing well on a flawed test, deserve to transcend their rough circumstances through education. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, "The College Board Hopes to Profit from “Adversity”," 6 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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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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