demonstrate

demonstrate
dem|on|strate
W2 [ˈdemənstreıt] v
[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: demonstratus, past participle of demonstrare, from monstrare 'to show']
1.) [T]
to show or prove something clearly
The study demonstrates the link between poverty and malnutrition.
demonstrate that
Hitchcock's films demonstrate that a British filmmaker could learn from Hollywood.
demonstrate how/what/why etc
This section will attempt to demonstrate how the Bank of England operates.
The government now has an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to reform.
2.) [T]
to show or describe how to do something or how something works
demonstrate how
They'll be demonstrating how to handle modern, high performance cars.
Instructors should demonstrate new movements before letting the class try them.
3.) [I]
to protest or support something in public with a lot of other people
Supporters demonstrated outside the courtroom during the trial.
demonstrate against
What are they demonstrating against?
4.) [T]
to show that you have a particular ability, quality, or feeling
He has demonstrated an ability to meet deadlines.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Demonstrate — Dem on*strate (?; 277), v. t. [L. demonstratus, p. p. of demonstrare to demonstrate; de + monstrare to show. See {Monster}.] 1. To point out; to show; to exhibit; to make evident. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To show, or make evident, by reasoning or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • demonstrate — UK US /ˈdemənstreɪt/ verb [T] ► to show something, or show someone how to do something, or how a system or product works: »They demonstrated how big savings could be made with the help of the new machinery. demonstrate sth to sb » We asked them… …   Financial and business terms

  • demonstrate — [v1] display, show authenticate, determine, establish, evidence, evince, exhibit, expose, flaunt, indicate, make evident, make out, manifest, prove, roll out*, show and tell*, test, testify to, trot out*, try, validate; concept 97 Ant. conceal,… …   New thesaurus

  • demonstrate — I (establish) verb authenticate, circumstantiate, clarify, confirm, corroborate, display, elucidate, evince, exemplify, exhibit, illuminate, illustrate, indicate, instruct, lay out, make clear, make evident, make plain, manifest, perform, point… …   Law dictionary

  • demonstrate — 1550s, to point out, from L. demonstratus, pp. of demonstrare (see DEMONSTRATION (Cf. demonstration)). Meaning to point out by argument or deduction is from 1570s. Related: Demonstrated; demonstrating …   Etymology dictionary

  • demonstrate — 1 manifest, evince, *show, evidence Analogous words: *reveal, disclose, discover, betray: display, exhibit, parade, flaunt, expose, *show Contrasted words: *hide, conceal, secrete: dissemble, cloak, mask, *disguise …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • demonstrate — ► VERB 1) clearly show that (something) exists or is true. 2) give a practical exhibition and explanation of. 3) express or reveal (a feeling or quality) by one s actions. 4) take part in a public demonstration. DERIVATIVES demonstrator noun.… …   English terms dictionary

  • demonstrate — [dem′ən strāt΄] vt. demonstrated, demonstrating [< L demonstratus, pp. of demonstrare, to point out, show < de , out, from + monstrare, to show: see MUSTER] 1. to show by reasoning; prove 2. to explain or make clear by using examples,… …   English World dictionary

  • demonstrate — [[t]de̱mənstreɪt[/t]] ♦♦♦ demonstrates, demonstrating, demonstrated 1) VERB To demonstrate a fact means to make it clear to people. [V n] The study also demonstrated a direct link between obesity and mortality... [V that] You have to demonstrate… …   English dictionary

  • demonstrate — v. 1) to demonstrate convincingly 2) (B) ( to explain by showing ) they demonstrated the new invention to us 3) (D; intr.) ( to protest by marching ) to demonstrate against (the students demonstrated against the government) 4) (D; intr.) ( to… …   Combinatory dictionary

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