3. To ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of; to verify; as, to prove a will.
4. To gain experience of the good or evil of; to know by trial; to experience; to suffer.
Where she, captived long, great woes did prove.Spenser.
5. (Arith.) To test, evince, ascertain, or verify, as the correctness of any operation or result; thus, in
subtraction, if the difference between two numbers, added to the lesser number, makes a sum equal to
the greater, the correctness of the subtraction is proved.
6. (Printing) To take a trial impression of; to take a proof of; as, to prove a page.
Syn. To try; verify; justify; confirm; establish; evince; manifest; show; demonstrate.
(Prove), v. i.
1. To make trial; to essay.
2. To be found by experience, trial, or result; to turn out to be; as, a medicine proves salutary; the report
proves false. "The case proves mortal." Arbuthnot.
So life a winter's morn may prove.Keble.
3. To succeed; to turn out as expected. [Obs.] "The experiment proved not." Bacon.
(Pro*vect") a. [L. provectus, p. p. of provehere to carry forward.] Carried forward; advanced.
[Obs.] "Provect in years." Sir T. Flyot.
(Pro*vec"tion) n. [L. provectio an advancement.] (Philol.) A carrying forward, as of a final
letter, to a following word; as, for example, a nickname for an ekename.
(Pro*ved"i*tor) n. [It. proveditore, provveditore, fr. provedere, L. providere. See Provide,
and cf. Purveyor, Provedore.] One employed to procure supplies, as for an army, a steamer, etc.; a
purveyor; one who provides for another. Jer. Taylor.
(Prov"e*dore) n. [Cf. Sp. proveedor. See Proveditor.] A proveditor; a purveyor.
Busied with the duties of a provedore.W. Irving.
(Prov"en) p. p. or a. Proved. "Accusations firmly proven in his mind." Thackeray.
Of this which was the principal charge, and was generally believed to beproven, he was acquitted.Jowett Not proven (Scots Law), a verdict of a jury that the guilt of the accused is not made out, though not
disproved. Mozley & W.
(||Pro`ven`çal") a. [F., fr. Provence, fr. L. provincia province. See Provincial.]
Of or pertaining to Provence or its inhabitants.
(||Pro`ven`çal"), n. [F.]
1. A native or inhabitant of Provence in France.
2. The Provencal language. See Langue d'oc.