Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “demonstrate”

demonstrate

verb uk   /ˈdem.ən.streɪt/ us  

demonstrate verb (SHOW)

B2 [T] to show or make make something clear: These figures clearly demonstrate the size of the economic problem facing the country. [+ that] Research has demonstrated that babies can recognize their mother's voice very soon after birth. These problems demonstrate the importance of strategic planning. C1 [T] to show something and explain how it works: He's got a job demonstrating kitchen equipment in a department store. [+ question word] The teacher demonstrated how to use the equipment.

demonstrate verb (EXPRESS)

C2 [T] to express or show that you have a particular feeling, quality, or ability: He has demonstrated a genuine interest in the project. His answer demonstrated a complete lack of understanding of the question.

demonstrate verb (PROTEST)

B2 [I] to make a public expression that you are not satisfied about something, especially by marching or having a meeting: Thousands of people gathered to demonstrate against the new proposals.
(Definition of demonstrate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of demonstrate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “demonstrate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shadow

an area of darkness, caused by light being blocked by something

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More