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Meaning of “demonstrate” in the English Dictionary

"demonstrate" in British English

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demonstrateverb

uk   us   /ˈdem.ən.streɪt/
  • demonstrate verb (SHOW)

B2 [T] to show or make make something ​clear: These ​numbers clearly demonstrate the ​size of the ​economicproblemfacing the ​country. [+ that] Research has demonstrated thatbabies can ​recognizetheir mother's ​voice very ​soon after ​birth. These ​problems demonstrate the ​importance of ​strategicplanning.C1 [T] to show something and ​explain how it ​works: He got a ​job demonstrating ​kitchenequipment in a ​departmentstore. [+ question word] The ​teacher demonstrated how to use the ​equipment.

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  • demonstrate verb (PROTEST)

B2 [I] to make a ​publicexpression that you are not ​satisfied about something, ​especially by ​marching or having a ​meeting: Thousands of ​peoplegathered to demonstrate against the new ​proposals.
(Definition of demonstrate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"demonstrate" in American English

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demonstrateverb

 us   /ˈdem·ənˌstreɪt/
  • demonstrate verb (SHOW HOW)

[T] to show how to do something; ​explain: [+ question word] He demonstrated how to use the new ​software. The ​surgeon demonstrated the use of ​lasers for ​certainoperations.
  • demonstrate verb (PROVE)

[T] to show that something is ​true; ​prove: [+ that clause] Research demonstrates that ​babies can ​recognizetheir mother’s ​voice very ​soon after ​birth. She was ​eager to demonstrate her ​skill at ​chess.
  • demonstrate verb (EXPRESS)

[T] to ​express or show that you have a ​feeling, ​quality, or ​ability: His ​answer demonstrated a ​completelack of ​understanding of the ​question.
  • demonstrate verb (MARCH)

[I] (of a ​group of ​people) to make a ​publicexpression of ​complaint about a ​problem or ​support for something, esp. by ​marching or ​meeting
(Definition of demonstrate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"demonstrate" in Business English

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demonstrateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈdemənstreɪt/
to show something, or show someone how to do something, or how a ​system or ​productworks: They demonstrated how ​bigsavings could be made with the ​help of the new ​machinery.demonstrate sth to sb We ​asked them to come and demonstrate the new ​invoicingsystem to the ​staff.
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(Definition of demonstrate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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