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**W1S2**[pru:v]*v past tense***proved***past participle***proved***or***proven**[ˈpru:vən]*especially AmE*▬▬▬▬▬▬▬**1¦(show something is true)¦****2¦(be)¦****3 prove yourself/prove something (to somebody)****4 prove yourself (to be) something****5 what is somebody trying to prove?****6 prove a point****7¦(bread)¦****8¦(law)¦**▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: prover, from*Latin*probare;**PROBE**]^{2}**1.)****¦(SHOW SOMETHING IS TRUE)¦**[T]to show that something is true by providing facts, information etc→↑proof▪ You're wrong, and I can prove it.**prove (that)**▪ Tests have proved that the system works.**prove sth to sb**▪ I knew he had done it, but there was no way I could prove it to Eddie.**prove sb's guilt/innocence**▪ He claims the police destroyed records that could prove the officer's guilt.**prove sb wrong/innocent etc**▪ They say I'm too old, but I'm going to prove them all wrong.▪ To**prove his point**(=show that he was right) , he mentioned several other experiments which had produced similar results.**2.)****¦(BE)¦**[linking verb]if someone or something proves difficult, helpful, a problem etc, they are difficult, helpful, a problem etc▪ The recent revelations may prove embarrassing to the President.**prove to be sth**▪ The design proved to be a success.**3.)****prove yourself/prove sth (to sb)**to show how good you are at doing something▪ When I first started this job, I felt I had to prove myself.**4.)****prove yourself (to be) sth**to show other people that you are a particular type of person▪ She's proved herself to be a very reliable worker.**5.)****what is sb trying to prove?***spoken*said when you are annoyed by someone's actions and do not understand them**6.)****prove a point**if someone does something to prove a point, they do it to show that they are right or that they can do something▪ I'm not going to run the marathon just to prove a point.**7.)****¦(BREAD)¦****8.)****¦(LAW)¦**[T]*[i]law*to show that a ↑will has been made in the correct way**>provable***adj*▬▬▬▬▬▬▬**HINT sense 1**You**prove**something**to**someone:*I will prove to you (NOT prove you) that I'm right.***HINT**Do not use 'prove' to mean 'make something better.' Use**improve:***a chance to improve your English*▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

*Dictionary of contemporary English.
2013.*