proof Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “proof” in the English Dictionary

"proof" in British English

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uk   us   /pruːf/

proof noun (SHOWING TRUTH)

B2 [C or U] a ​fact or ​piece of ​information that ​shows that something ​exists or is ​true: [+ that] Do they have any proof that it was Hampson who ​stole the ​goods? I have a ​suspicion that he's having an ​affair, though I don't have any concrete (= ​definite) proof. If anyone ​needs proof of Andrew Davies' ​genius as a ​writer, this ​novel is it. "How ​old are you?" "21." "Do you have any proof on you?" Keep ​yourreceipt as proof ofpurchase.
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proof noun (PRINTED COPY)

[C] a ​printedcopy of something that is ​examined and ​corrected before the ​finalcopies are ​printed: I was ​busycorrecting proofs.

proofadjective [after noun]

uk   us   /pruːf/

proof adjective [after noun] (ALCOHOL)

of the ​statedalcoholicstrength, a ​highernumbermeaning a ​greateramount of ​alcohol: It says on the ​bottle that it's 60 ​percent proof.

proof adjective [after noun] (PROTECTED)

formal providingprotection against something: No ​householdsecuritydevices are proof against (= ​protectcompletely against) the ​determinedburglar. Her ​virtue would be proof against his ​charms.

proofverb [T]

uk   us   /pruːf/
to ​treat a ​surface with a ​substance that will ​protect it against something, ​especiallywater


uk   us   /-pruːf/
protecting against, or not ​damaged by, a ​particular thing: a bullet-proof ​vest a ​waterproof/wind-proof ​jacket frost-proof ​pots for the ​garden
(Definition of proof from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"proof" in American English

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 us   /pruf/

proof noun (FACTS)

[U] facts or ​documents that can be used to show that something is ​true: You will need to have proof of ​citizenship in ​order to get a ​passport.

proof noun (PRINTED COPY)

[C] a ​printedcopy of written ​material that is ​examined and corrected before ​finalcopies are ​printed: Page proofs went out ​yesterday to all the ​contributors to the ​book.

proof noun (CALCULATION)

mathematics [C] the calculations that show how the ​solution to a ​mathematicalproblem or equation was ​reached

proof noun (AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL)

[U, not gradable] a ​measure of the ​percentage of ​alcohol in an ​alcoholicdrink, ​equal to ​twice the ​actualpercentage of ​alcohol: Liquor that is 50 proof is 25% ​alcohol.
(Definition of proof from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"proof" in Business English

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proofnoun [C usually plural]

uk   us   /pruːf/ (also proof copy)
a ​printedcopy of something that is ​examined and ​corrected before the ​finalcopies are ​printed: We still had ​time to ​correct the proofs of the ​brochure.
(Definition of proof from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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