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demonstrate

[dem-uh n-streyt] /ˈdɛm ənˌstreɪt/
verb (used with object), demonstrated, demonstrating.
1.
to make evident or establish by arguments or reasoning; prove:
to demonstrate a philosophical principle.
2.
to describe, explain, or illustrate by examples, specimens, experiments, or the like:
to demonstrate the force of gravity by dropping an object.
3.
to manifest or exhibit; show:
He demonstrated his courage by his actions in battle.
4.
to display openly or publicly, as feelings:
to demonstrate one's anger by slamming a door.
5.
to exhibit the operation or use of (a device, process, product, or the like), usually to a purchaser or prospect:
to demonstrate an automobile.
verb (used without object), demonstrated, demonstrating.
6.
to make, give, or take part in, a demonstration:
The pickets required a license to demonstrate.
7.
Military. to attack or make a show of force to deceive an enemy.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Latin dēmonstrātus, past participle of dēmonstrāre to show, point out, equivalent to dē- de- + monstrāre to show, verbal derivative of monstrum sign, portent
Related forms
demonstratedly, adverb
counterdemonstrate, verb (used without object), counterdemonstrated, counterdemonstrating.
predemonstrate, verb (used with object), predemonstrated, predemonstrating.
redemonstrate, verb, redemonstrated, redemonstrating.
subdemonstrate, verb (used with object), subdemonstrated, subdemonstrating.
undemonstrated, adjective
well-demonstrated, adjective
Synonyms
1. show, confirm, verify, corroborate.
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British Dictionary definitions for demonstrates

demonstrate

/ˈdɛmənˌstreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to show, manifest, or prove, esp by reasoning, evidence, etc: it is easy to demonstrate the truth of this proposition
2.
(transitive) to evince; reveal the existence of: the scheme later demonstrated a fatal flaw
3.
(transitive) to explain or illustrate by experiment, example, etc
4.
(transitive) to display, operate, and explain the workings of (a machine, product, etc)
5.
(intransitive) to manifest support, protest, etc, by public parades or rallies
6.
(intransitive) to be employed as a demonstrator of machinery, etc
7.
(intransitive) (military) to make a show of force, esp in order to deceive one's enemy
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēmonstrāre to point out, from monstrāre to show
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Word Origin and History for demonstrates

demonstrate

v.

1550s, "to point out," from Latin demonstratus, past participle of demonstrare (see demonstration). Meaning "to point out by argument or deduction" is from 1570s. Related: Demonstrated; demonstrating.

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