Definition for PROVE

PROVE, v.i.

  1. To make trial; to essay. The sons prepare … / To prove by arms whose fate it was to reign. – Dryden.
  2. To be found or to have its qualities ascertained by experience or trial; as, a plant or medicine proves salutary.
  3. To be ascertained by the event or something subsequent; as, the report proves to be true, or proves to be false. When the inflammation ends in a gangrene, the case proves mortal. – Arbuthnot.
  4. To be found true or correct by the result.
  5. To make certain; to show; to evince. This argument proves how erroneous is the common opinion.
  6. To succeed. If the experiment proved not. [Not in use.] – Bacon.

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