- 1 [with object] Clearly show the existence or truth of (something) by giving proof or evidence: their shameful silence demonstrates their ineptitudeMore example sentences
- Clark's legal team demonstrated that vital medical evidence had been suppressed by the prosecution.
- In this paper it is demonstrated that transient expression can easily be performed in ripe fleshy fruits.
- The applicant had demonstrated that health and safety guidelines had been complied with and approval of the mast was recommended.
- 1.1Show (a feeling or quality) by one’s actions: she began to demonstrate a new-found confidenceMore example sentences
- A group has been on a rally to London to demonstrate its feelings and has also spelt out its views to Institute chiefs in a bid to keep tuition fees as low as possible.
- Suddenly Duffy's charges began to demonstrate a bit of pluck.
- She demonstrates her impressive long distance catching here.
- 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 chopsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3 [no object] Take part in a public demonstration: thousands demonstrated in favour of the governmentMore example sentences
- 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.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'point out'): from Latin demonstrat- 'pointed out', from the verb demonstrare.