what are you trying to prove

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of what are you trying to prove

used to ask why someone is behaving in a way that seems unreasonable
  • What are you trying to prove by behaving so recklessly?

Word by Word Definitions

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

trying
  1. : severely straining the powers of endurance

prove play
  1. : to learn or find out by experience

  2. : to test the truth, validity, or genuineness of

  3. : to test the worth or quality of


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