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proveverb

uk   /pruːv/ us   /pruːv/ proved, proved or MAINLY US proven
  • prove verb (SHOW)

B2 [T, L] to show a particular result after a period of time: The operation proved a complete success. The dispute over the song rights proved impossible to resolve. [L (+ to be)] The new treatment has proved to be a disaster.
prove yourself
C2 to show that you are good at something: I wish he'd stop trying to prove himself all the time.

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  • prove verb (SHOWING TRUTH)

B1 [T] to show that something is true: [+ that] They suspected that she'd killed him but they could never actually prove that it was her. [+ adj] They proved him innocent/guilty. Under the present system, you're innocent until proven guilty. [+ question word] "I lost £30 on the bus." "That just goes to prove what an idiot you are!" Computers have been used to prove mathematical theorems. That theory was proved false. He's so aggressive - it's as if he's always trying to prove something.

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proven
adjective uk   /ˈpruː.vən/ /ˈprəʊ.vən/ us   /ˈpruː.vən/
You've got a proven work record, which gives you a big advantage.
(Definition of prove from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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proveverb

us   /pruv/ past participle proved or proven /ˈpru·vən/
  • prove verb (SHOW)

to show after a time or by experience that something or someone has a particular quality: [L] The dispute over rights to the song could prove impossible to resolve. [+ to infinitive] The new safety procedures have so far proven to be satisfactory. As a newcomer, I felt I had to prove myself (= show I am skilled).
  • prove verb (MAKE CLEAR)

[T] to make it clear that something is or is not true: They suspected she cheated, but they could never prove it. [+ (that) clause] I had to take all my records to the bank to prove (that) the mistake was theirs. Under our legal system, you’re innocent until proven guilty.
proven
adjective [not gradable] us   /ˈpru·vən/
You can’t trust him – he’s a proven liar.
(Definition of prove from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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