American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To show clearly and deliberately; manifest: demonstrated her skill as a gymnast; demonstrate affection by hugging.
- v. To show to be true by reasoning or adducing evidence; prove: demonstrate a proposition.
- v. To present by experiments, examples, or practical application; explain and illustrate: demonstrated the laws of physics with laboratory equipment.
- v. To show the use of (an article) to a prospective buyer: The salesperson plugged in and demonstrated the vacuum cleaner.
- v. To give a demonstration: described the dance step, then took a partner and demonstrated.
- v. To participate in a public display of opinion: demonstrated against tax hikes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To point out; indicate; make evident; exhibit.
- Specifically To exhibit, describe, and explain, as the parts of a dissected body; teach by the ocular use of examples, as a physical science, especially anatomy or any of its principles.
- To establish the truth of; fully establish by arguments; adduce convincing reasons for belief in, as a proposition.
- v. To display the method of using an object.
- v. To show the steps taken to create a logical argument or equation.
- v. To participate in or organize a demonstration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To point out; to show; to exhibit; to make evident.
- v. To show, or make evident, by reasoning or proof; to prove by deduction; to establish so as to exclude the possibility of doubt or denial.
- v. (Anat.) To exhibit and explain (a dissection or other anatomical preparation).
- v. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
- v. march in protest; take part in a demonstration
- v. give an exhibition of to an interested audience
- v. provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes
- From Latin dēmonstrō ("I show") (Wiktionary)
- Latin dēmōnstrāre, dēmōnstrāt- : dē-, completely; see de- + mōnstrāre, to show (from mōnstrum, divine portent, from monēre, to warn; see men-1 in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now, if Judge Douglas will demonstrate somehow that this is popular sovereignty, the right of one man to make a slave of another, without any right in that other, or anyone else to object, demonstrate it as Euclid demonstrated propositions, there is no objection.”
“A glance at some of the Court's business cases this term demonstrate the important role it can play in protecting business from improvident regulation.”
“What we have tried to demonstrate is that individually each assumption on its own is not likely.”
“This definition of FTA, as Dr. Heddle goes on to demonstrate, is on more firm ground.”
“One thing that even this initial section of The Early Stories begins to demonstrate is the price to be paid by a writer determined to survive simply as a writer, to have a "career" in fiction writing and not to either martyr himself in his poverty or take up a supporting career as professor or editor.”
“All the driver must demonstrate is that he is here legally.”
“The only thing this project would demonstrate is that HSR is a lousy investment.”
“The simply meanness of that they demonstrate is sad if he decided to run as an independent all the power to him.”
“On the other hand, I'd miss all the joy of leaping for the sky that Jackie and Kristin demonstrate so well.”
“What this potted history of population scaremongering ought to demonstrate is this: Malthusians are always wrong about everything.”
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