Lexicon: prove – provoking

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prove (-d, proving, -s), v. [OFr < L. probāre, test the goodness of a thing, try, approve, make good, prove, demonstrate < prob-us, good.] (webplay: accused, being, brow, conclusions, declaration, fate, found, God, lesser, measure, men, obedience, pierce, power, propositions, quality, show, solidity, strength, suffering, suit, test, truth, try, unknown).

  1. Confirm; affirm; substantiate; support; demonstrate the validity of; show to be correct; find to be true; provide evidence for; establish as fact the existence of.
  2. Convince; assure; persuade; induce to believe.
  3. Turn out to be; be found to be.
  4. Ascertain; identify; find; discover; detect; demonstrate to exist; show the location or existence of with certainty.
  5. Test; try.
  6. Undergo; experience; suffer.
  7. [Fig.] appear; materialize; manifest; show up; come into view.

provide (-d), v. [L. prōvid-ēre < prō, before + vidēre, see.] (webplay: absolute, future, God, winter).

Furnish; supply; afford; procure for; prepare for; give to; make available.

provided, quasi-conj. [see provide, v.] (webplay: before, gold).

If; as long as; supposing that; in the case that; with the condition that.

providence, n. [Fr. < L. prōvidēntia, foresight, precaution, providence < prōvidēre; see provide, v.] (webplay: brave, life).

God; guardian; caretaker; preserver; divine protector.

province, n. [Fr. < L. prōvincia, official duty, charge, province.]

  1. Area; region; realm; territory; precinct; quarter; extent.
  2. Responsibility; business; domain; field; duty; obligation; proper office; appropriate sphere of activity.

provincial, adj. [see province, n.] (webplay: heaven, wide).

Residing in a rural area; countrified; unsophisticated; inexperienced; naive; ignorant of the ways of the world; lacking the experience of travel.

provincially, adv. [see province, n.]

Colonially; locally; natively; royally; rurally; religiously; narrowly; with a single focus; with a personal perspective; based on one's upbringing; in a manner reflecting one's own home region.

proviso, n. [L. < prōvid-ēre; see provide, v.] (webplay: clause).

Condition; stipulation; qualification; restriction; limit; exception.

provoke (-s), v. [OFr < L. prōvocāre, call forth, challenge, appeal, excite < pro + vocāre, to call.] (webplay: stir).

Arouse; excite; stimulate; cause; create; initiate.

provoking, verbal adj. [see provoke, v.] (webplay: hearts, love).

Frustrating; irritating; piquing; vexing; maddening; tormenting; beguiling; annoyingly disarming.