- prove
- 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 containshave something to prove or have a point to proveto 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 pointto make someone realize that you are right:Just to prove his point, Kyle showed her the word in the dictionary.prove yourselfto 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.*