verb (used with object)
to establish the truth or genuineness of, as by evidence or argument:
to prove one's claim.
Law. to establish the authenticity or validity of (a will); probate.
to give demonstration of by action.
to subject to a test, experiment, comparison, analysis, or the like, to determine quality, amount, acceptability, characteristics, etc.:
to prove ore.
to show (oneself) to have the character or ability expected of one, especially through one's actions.
Mathematics. to verify the correctness or validity of by mathematical demonstration or arithmetical proof.
to take a trial impression of (type, a cut, etc.).
to cause (dough) to rise to the necessary lightness.
Archaic. to experience.
1125–75; Middle English proven
< Old French prover
< Latin probāre
to try, test, prove, approve, derivative of probus
good. See probity
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demonstrate, confirm, substantiate, verify.
is standard as the past participle of prove
: Events have proved
) him wrong.
As a modifier, proven
is by far the more common: a proven fact.