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
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.
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Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2022 Each year at the Design in Wood Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair, members demonstrate building solid oak children’s chairs.
Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 One way to gain this support is to demonstrate to the finance team that the cost of employee attrition is higher than the adjustments to compensation.
Amy Spurling, Quartz, 22 Oct. 2022 Waffling on retirement can also be a good strategy for more senior, big talent looking to demonstrate their value to a company, enabling them to create a bit of a scarcity mindset around themselves and ultimately bargain for more money.
Bychloe Berger, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2022 The casino was a showcase to demonstrate to both sides that Li could deliver, court documents say.
Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica, 11 Oct. 2022 The key is to demonstrate to players the impact that giving or taking the ball has on the fine line between win and loss.
Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 10 Oct. 2022 The report said that going forward, the recommendation is for Fairview Park to demonstrate its dedication to transparency.
John Benson, cleveland, 30 Sep. 2022 Facing an unprecedented public health crisis, law enforcement is under enormous pressure to demonstrate to the public that its efforts are making a difference.
Zachary Siegel, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2022 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