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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To establish the truth or validity of by presentation of argument or evidence.
  • transitive v. Law To establish the authenticity of (a will).
  • transitive v. To determine the quality of by testing; try out.
  • transitive v. Mathematics To demonstrate the validity of (a hypothesis or proposition).
  • transitive v. Mathematics To verify (the result of a calculation).
  • transitive v. Printing To make a sample impression of (type).
  • transitive v. Archaic To find out or learn (something) through experience.
  • intransitive v. To be shown to be such; turn out: a theory that proved impractical in practice.
  • prove out To turn out well; succeed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To demonstrate that something is true or viable; to give proof for.
  • v. To turn out; to manifest.
  • v. To turn out to be.
  • v. To put to the test, to make trial of.
  • v. To experience
  • v. Simple past of proove.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make trial; to essay.
  • intransitive v. To be found by experience, trial, or result; to turn out to be
  • intransitive v. To succeed; to turn out as expected.
  • transitive v. To try or to ascertain by an experiment, or by a test or standard; to test
  • transitive v. To evince, establish, or ascertain, as truth, reality, or fact, by argument, testimony, or other evidence.
  • transitive v. To ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of; to verify.
  • transitive v. To gain experience of the good or evil of; to know by trial; to experience; to suffer.
  • transitive v. To test, evince, ascertain, or verify, as the correctness of any operation or result; thus, in subtraction, if the difference between two numbers, added to the lesser number, makes a sum equal to the greater, the correctness of the subtraction is proved.
  • transitive v. To take a trial impression of; to take a proof of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To try by experiment, or by a test or standard; test; make trial of; put to the test: as, to prove the strength of gunpowder; to prove the contents of a vessel by comparing it with a standard measure.
  • To render certain; put out of doubt (as a proposition) by adducing evidence and argumentation; show; demonstrate.
  • To establish the authenticity or validity of; obtain probate of: as, to prove a will. See probate.
  • To have personal experience of; experience; enjoy or suffer.
  • In arithmetic, to ascertain or demonstrate the correctness of (an operation or result) by a calculation in the nature of a check: as, to prove a sum.
  • In printing, to take a proof of.
  • Synonyms To verify, justify, confirm, substantiate, make good, manifest.
  • To make trial; essay.
  • To be found or ascertained to be by experience or trial; be ascertained or shown by the event or something subsequent; turn out to be: as, the report proves to be true; to prove useful or wholesome; to prove faithful or treacherous.
  • Hence To become; be.
  • To succeed; turn out well.
  • To thrive; be with young: generally said of cattle.
  • In homeopathic practice, to test the therapeutic action of (a drug) by observing the symptoms following its administration in appreciable amounts to persons in health.
  • n. An obsolete form of proof.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. increase in volume
  • v. be shown or be found to be
  • v. obtain probate of
  • v. prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
  • v. cause to puff up with a leaven
  • v. provide evidence for
  • v. put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
  • v. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
  • v. take a trial impression of

Etymologies

Middle English proven, from Old French prover, from Latin probāre, to test, from probus, good.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English proven, from Old English prōfian ("to esteem, regard as, evince, try, prove"), from Late Latin probō ("test, try, examine, approve, show to be good or fit, prove", v), from probus ("good, worthy, excellent"), from Proto-Indo-European *pro-bhwo- (“being in front, prominent”), from Proto-Indo-European *pro-, *per- (“toward”) + Proto-Indo-European *bhu- (“to be”). Influenced by Old French prover, from the same Latin source. Displaced native Middle English sothen ("to prove"), from Old English sōþian ("to prove"). More at for, be, soothe. (Wiktionary)
Simple past form of proove, conjugated in the Germanic strong declension, on the pattern of choosechose. (Wiktionary)

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