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verb prove pronunciation in American English /pruv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleproving
past tenseproved
past participleproved or proven
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  1. 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: Recent excellent results have proved the critics wrong.
  2. 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).
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