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prove [ pruv ] (past participle proved or prov|en [ `pruvn ] ) verb ***
1. ) transitive to provide evidence that shows that something is true:
prove (that): You have to prove you are sorry for what you've done.
prove someone's innocence/guilt: He is still fighting to prove his innocence.
prove something to someone: She was determined to prove to her parents that she could live on her own.
prove someone right/wrong etc.: Recent excellent results have proved the critics wrong.
a ) to show that something is true using the principles of mathematics or science
2. ) linking verb if something proves to have a particular quality, things happen that show it has that quality:
My decision proved to be a good one.
The movie is proving very profitable.
His injuries proved fatal (=he died because of them).
3. ) intransitive if bread proves, it increases in size before it is baked because of the YEAST it contains
have something to prove or have a point to prove
to try to show people how good, strong, intelligent, etc. you are because you think they do not realize it:
The team felt they had something to prove and played brilliantly.
prove your/a point
to make someone realize that you are right:
Just to prove his point, Kyle showed her the word in the dictionary.
prove yourself
to show how good you are at doing something:
The role gave him the chance to prove himself as an actor.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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