demonstrate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “demonstrate” in the English Dictionary

"demonstrate" in British English

See all translations


uk   /ˈdem.ən.streɪt/  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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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

See all translations


 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

See all translations

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.
(Definition of demonstrate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of demonstrate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day


containing, tasting of, or similar to nuts

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More