demonstrate

verb
dem·​on·​strate | \ ˈde-mən-ˌstrāt \
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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And speaking of liner, Val Garland demonstrated that an avant-garde cat eye never hurt anyone. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Gabrielle Union-Wade, Hailey Bieber, and More," 3 Feb. 2019 A dozen protesters were detained on Tuesday after demonstrating outside the Japanese Embassy in Moscow against the possibility of handing over the islands. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Putin Looks to Play on U.S.-Japan Jitters," 22 Jan. 2019 The game does a great job of demonstrating how demanding the job of a modern F1 driver really is. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Cambodia, in turn, has demonstrated its willingness to do Beijing’s bidding in diplomatic initiatives in the region, especially regarding Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. Christopher Bodeen, The Seattle Times, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 13 Jan. 2019 But at least one study has demonstrated that the chore can calm the washer down and increase inspiration—as long as one approaches the task the right way. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "Is Hand-Washing Dishes A Secret To The Success Of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates?," 29 Dec. 2018 Various technologies have been demonstrated that have speed approaching that of current RAM chips but can hold on to the memory when the power shuts off—all without the long-term degradation that flash experiences. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 The company, which aims to reduce travel times by operating carbon-fiber pods through nearly airless tubes at close-to supersonic speeds, has demonstrated its technology at its test site in Nevada. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Virgin Hyperloop One taps Citi Bike’s Jay Walder as new CEO," 8 Nov. 2018 She's proven it hundreds of times over on live television, online, and everywhere else that the paparazzi follow, and this month, she's demonstrated how deeply her resilience runs. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Calls Out Trolls For Deleting Their Comments About Baby True," 28 Sep. 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
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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