Definition of demonstrate in English:


Line breaks: dem¦on|strate
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛmənstreɪt


  • 2 [with object] Give a practical exhibition and explanation of (how a machine, skill, or craft works or is performed): computerized design methods will be demonstrated [with clause]: she demonstrated how to cook chops
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    • The promoter had even installed a machine and demonstrated how these plates and cups were moulded.
    • On the opening day of the exhibition, Pipop will demonstrate his painting skills by creating a painting in public.
    • Techniques to minimise stress at work were demonstrated at the campaign.
    give a demonstration of, show how something is done, show how something works; exhibit, display, show, illustrate, exemplify, give an idea of
  • 3 [no object] Take part in a public demonstration: thousands demonstrated in favour of the government
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    • Couldn't the point be made equally effectively by demonstrating in some more public space where private homes and families wouldn't be disrupted?
    • Thousands were demonstrating today - I think near the Ministry of Oil (though someone said it was somewhere else).
    • Thousands were demonstrating today all over the country.
    protest, rally, hold a rally, march, parade; sit in, stage a sit-in, picket, form a picket line, strike, go on strike, walk out; mutiny, rebel


mid 16th century (in the sense 'point out'): from Latin demonstrat- 'pointed out', from the verb demonstrare.

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