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Dictionary Definition



1 show or demonstrate something to an interested audience; "She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in Washington" [syn: show, demo, exhibit, present]
2 establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture" [syn: prove, establish, show, shew] [ant: disprove]
3 provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; "His high fever attested to his illness"; "The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication"; "This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness" [syn: attest, certify, manifest, evidence]
4 march in protest; take part in a demonstration; "Thousands demonstrated against globalization during the meeting of the most powerful economic nations in Seattle" [syn: march]

User Contributed Dictionary



From demonstro


  • /ˈdɛmənstɹeɪt/


  1. To display the method of using an object.
  2. To show the steps taken to create a logical argument or equation.
  3. To participate in or organize a demonstration.
to display the method of using an object
to show the steps taken to create a logical argument or equation
to participate in a demonstration

Extensive Definition

Demonstration may refer to:

See also

  • Demo (disambiguation page)
demonstrate in Czech: Demonstrace
demonstrate in Danish: Demonstration (flertydig)
demonstrate in Dutch: Demonstratie
demonstrate in Norwegian: Demonstrasjon
demonstrate in Russian: Демонстрация

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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