Prove (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Proved (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Proving.] [OE. prover, F. prouver, fr. L.
probare to try, approve, prove, fr. probus good, proper.
Cf. Probable, Proof, Probe.] 1.
To try or to ascertain by an experiment, or by a test or
standard; to test; as, to prove the strength of gunpowder or of
ordnance; to prove the contents of a vessel by a standard
Thou hast proved mine heart. Ps.
2. To evince, establish, or ascertain, as
truth, reality, or fact, by argument, testimony, or other
They have inferred much from slender premises, and
conjectured when they could not prove. J. H.
3. To ascertain or establish the genuineness
or validity of; to verify; as, to prove a will.
4. To gain experience of the good or evil of;
to know by trial; to experience; to suffer.
Where she, captived long, great woes did
5. (Arith.) 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.
6. (Printing) To take a trial
impression of; to take a proof of; as, to prove a
Syn. -- To try; verify; justify; confirm; establish; evince;
manifest; show; demonstrate.
Prove, v. i. 1. To
make trial; to essay.
2. To be found by experience, trial, or
result; to turn out to be; as, a medicine proves salutary; the
report proves false. "The case proves mortal."
So life a winter's morn may prove.
3. To succeed; to turn out as expected.
[Obs.] "The experiment proved not." Bacon.