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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Recent Examples on the Web

Hundreds of thousands of protesters have been demonstrating for an autonomous Hong Kong over the past two months, including a peaceful march Sunday. Anchorage Daily News, "Twitter, Facebook say China used fake accounts to sow discord in Hong Kong," 20 Aug. 2019 Hundreds of thousands of protesters have been demonstrating for an autonomous Hong Kong over the past two months, including a peaceful march Sunday. Marie C. Baca, Washington Post, "Twitter suspends accounts as it accuses China of coordinating against Hong Kong protesters," 19 Aug. 2019 This pro-police stance is wildly at odds with the views of the tens of thousands of Hong Kong citizens who have been demonstrating in the streets for months and clashed with police numerous times. Allegra Frank, Vox, "How the Hong Kong protests created the #BoycottMulan campaign," 16 Aug. 2019 Walton also asked how many innings were in a game and demonstrated how to throw a changeup. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Bill Walton Takes Over White Sox Broadcast: 'I've Been Dead for Quite a Few Years'," 16 Aug. 2019 People have to demonstrate the problem, and show the solution. Georgia Frances King, Quartz, "The secret to making people care about climate change is surprisingly simple," 15 Aug. 2019 In Kentucky, where McConnell is recuperating from a shoulder fracture sustained in a weekend fall, activists have been demonstrating at his home and protesting at his downtown Louisville office. CBS News, "Over 200 mayors push Senate leaders to return to Washington to act on gun reform," 8 Aug. 2019 But after Hampton's public objections to the move, Bevin chief of staff Blake Brickman issued a statement saying Southworth was let go for demonstrating poor judgment and misusing state property. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Beshear: Kentucky lieutenant governor has the power to hire, fire her staff," 8 Aug. 2019 The biggest Transformer in the franchise’s history might be about to become the biggest Transformers toy yet — and a new video from Hasbro’s HasLab demonstrates just how big the War for Cybertron Unicron could end up being. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Watch 'Transformers' Planet Eater Take Shape," 6 Aug. 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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