Prove

Definition of Prove

v. t.1.To try or to ascertain by an experiment, or by a test or standard; to test; as, to prove the strength of gunpowder or of ordnance; to prove the contents of a vessel by a standard measure.
[imp. & p. p. Proved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Proving.]
Thou hast proved mine heart.
- Ps. xvii. 3.
2.To evince, establish, or ascertain, as truth, reality, or fact, by argument, testimony, or other evidence.
They have inferred much from slender premises, and conjectured when they could not prove.
- J. H. Newman.
3.To ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of; to verify; as, to prove a will.
4.To gain experience of the good or evil of; to know by trial; to experience; to suffer.
Where she, captived long, great woes did prove.
- Spenser.
5.(Arith.) To test, evince, ascertain, or verify, as the correctness of any operation or result; thus, in subtraction, if the difference between two numbers, added to the lesser number, makes a sum equal to the greater, the correctness of the subtraction is proved.
6.(Printing) To take a trial impression of; to take a proof of; as, to prove a page.
v. i.1.To make trial; to essay.
2.To be found by experience, trial, or result; to turn out to be; as, a medicine proves salutary; the report proves false.
So life a winter's morn may prove.
- Keble.
3.To succeed; to turn out as expected.

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