Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To show or demonstrate clearly; manifest.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To overcome; conquer.
  • To show clearly or make evident; make clear by convincing evidence; manifest; exhibit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To conquer; to subdue.
  • transitive verb To show in a clear manner; to prove beyond any reasonable doubt; to manifest; to make evident; to bring to light; to evidence.

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  • verb transitive To show or demonstrate clearly; to manifest.

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

  • verb give expression to

Etymologies

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

[Latin ēvincere, to prevail, prove; see evict.]

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From French evincer (old spelling of évincer), from Latin ēvincere, present active infinitive of ēvincō ("conquer entirely, prevail over; prove exhaustively"), from ē, short form of ex, + vincō ("conquer").

Examples

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  • to exhibit

    Origin:

    1600–10; < L ēvincere to conquer, overcome, carry one's point, equiv. to ē- e- + vincere to conquer

    February 4, 2009

  • The terse etymology below hardly explains it. The literal sense in Latin was "conquer, overcome", and it was also used in a transferred sense "prevail, succeed" in doing something, in particular "prevail in an argument, demonstrate". English in the 17th century used the word in various senses like this, but these dropped out of use in favour of the weaker modern sense "be evidence of (not necessarily conclusively)".

    February 4, 2009