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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More than anything, though, artists’ reactions to tragedy can end up demonstrating why shutting up and singing isn’t often an option at all. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Reason Musicians Speak Up About Mass Shootings," 7 Aug. 2019 Following the news of Morrison’s death, fans and celebrities alike shared loving messages dedicated to the late author across social media, many sharing favorite, inspirational quotes from the writer herself, demonstrating her far-reaching appeal. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Barack Obama, Shonda Rhimes, and more pay tribute to Toni Morrison," 6 Aug. 2019 Even after autonomous vehicles demonstrate a better safety record than the average human driver, people will still want to push the crash rate down. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk: “Anyone relying on lidar is doomed.” Experts: Maybe not," 6 Aug. 2019 Brooks said, demonstrating the movement with his left hand on the keyboard. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Clinic Sports Health to treat, research video gaming injuries for University of Akron esports team," 6 Aug. 2019 Biden said, demonstrating change from his previous stance. Brendan Bures, chicagotribune.com, "What we learned about marijuana reform from the presidential debates," 5 Aug. 2019 But rather than demonstrating her knife skills, Madeline escapes outside for wine and a cigarette. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "The Big Little Lie of the TV kitchen island," 1 Aug. 2019 Walker is concerned that such craft could be flown by hostile powers, such as Russia or China, demonstrating technology far superior than what's publicly flown by the U.S. government. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Congressman Asks Navy If UFOs Are Actually Foreign Aircraft," 30 July 2019 La Cañada Flintridge resident Kathy Bergen, a track and field competitor shown here demonstrating her javelin form in the summer of 2009, competed in that year’s Summer National Senior Games. Carol Cormaci, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada History: Local wins javelin throw at 2009 Summer National Senior Games," 29 July 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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10 Aug 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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