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DEMONSTRATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does demonstrate mean? 

DEMONSTRATE (verb)
  The verb DEMONSTRATE has 4 senses:

1. show or demonstrate something to an interested audience
2. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
3. provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes
4. march in protest; take part in a demonstration

  Familiarity information: DEMONSTRATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEMONSTRATE (verb)


Sense 1demonstrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Show or demonstrate something to an interested audience

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

demo; demonstrate; show; present; exhibit

Context examples:

She shows her dogs frequently / We will demo the new software in Washington

Hypernyms (to "demonstrate" is one way to...):

show (make visible or noticeable)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "demonstrate"):

bring home (make understandable and clear)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s somebody with something


Sense 2demonstrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

shew; demonstrate; prove; show; establish

Context examples:

The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound / The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture

Hypernyms (to "demonstrate" is one way to...):

affirm; confirm; corroborate; substantiate; support; sustain (establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "demonstrate"):

prove oneself (show one's ability or courage)

prove (prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof)

contradict; negate (prove negative; show to be false)

stultify (prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 3demonstrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

manifest; evidence; certify; attest; demonstrate

Context examples:

His high fever attested to his illness / The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication / This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness

Hypernyms (to "demonstrate" is one way to...):

bear witness; evidence; prove; show; testify (provide evidence for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "demonstrate"):

condemn (demonstrate the guilt of (someone))

notarise; notarize (authenticate as a notary)

reflect (give evidence of a certain behavior)

reflect (give evidence of the quality of)

authenticate (establish the authenticity of something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They demonstrate that there was a traffic accident


Sense 4demonstrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

March in protest; take part in a demonstration

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

demonstrate; march

Context example:

Thousands demonstrated against globalization during the meeting of the most powerful economic nations in Seattle

Hypernyms (to "demonstrate" is one way to...):

dissent; protest; resist (express opposition through action or words)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "demonstrate"):

picket (serve as pickets or post pickets)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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