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 for prove
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prove \Prove\, v. i.
     1. To make trial; to essay.
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     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.
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              So life a winter's morn may prove.    --Keble.
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     3. To succeed; to turn out as expected. [Obs.] "The
        experiment proved not." --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prove \Prove\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Proved; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Proving.] [OE. prover, F. prouver, fr. L. probare to try,
     approve, prove, fr. probus good, proper. Cf. Probable,
     Proof, Probe.]
     1. To try or to ascertain by an experiment, or by a test or
        standard; to test; as, to prove the strength of gunpowder
        or of ordnance; to prove the contents of a vessel by a
        standard measure.
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              Thou hast proved mine heart.          --Ps. xvii. 3.
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     2. To evince, establish, or ascertain, as truth, reality, or
        fact, by argument, testimony, or other evidence.
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              They have inferred much from slender premises, and
              conjectured when they could not prove. --J. H.
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     3. To ascertain or establish the genuineness or validity of;
        to verify; as, to prove a will.
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     4. To gain experience of the good or evil of; to know by
        trial; to experience; to suffer.
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              Where she, captived long, great woes did prove.
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     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.
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     6. (Printing) To take a trial impression of; to take a proof
        of; as, to prove a page.
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     Syn: To try; verify; justify; confirm; establish; evince;
          manifest; show; demonstrate.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: be shown or be found to be; "She proved to be right"; "The
           medicine turned out to save her life"; "She turned up HIV
           positive" [syn: prove, turn out, turn up]
      2: establish the validity of something, as by an example,
         explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the
         instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the
         validity of the conjecture" [syn: prove, demonstrate,
         establish, show, shew] [ant: confute, disprove]
      3: provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the
         father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence" [syn:
         testify, bear witness, prove, evidence, show]
      4: prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof
      5: put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use
         to; "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test
         this recipe" [syn: test, prove, try, try out,
         examine, essay]
      6: increase in volume; "the dough rose slowly in the warm room"
         [syn: rise, prove]
      7: cause to puff up with a leaven; "unleavened bread" [syn:
         raise, leaven, prove]
      8: take a trial impression of
      9: obtain probate of; "prove a will"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  134 Moby Thesaurus words for "prove":
     affirm, afford proof of, argue, ascertain, assay, attend, attest,
     audit, authenticate, back, back up, balance, balance the books,
     be found, bear out, become of, bespeak, betoken, bolster,
     bring home to, bring out, bring to test, buttress, certify, check,
     check and doublecheck, check out, check over, cinch,
     circumstantiate, clinch, collate, come about, come of, come out,
     confirm, corroborate, cross-check, cut and try, demonstrate,
     determine, develop, document, double-check, end, engrave, ensue,
     essay, establish, eventuate, evince, examine, experiment, fall out,
     fare, fix, follow, follow from, fortify, get out, give a try,
     give a tryout, have a case, have a go, hectograph, hold good,
     hold water, impress, imprint, indicate, inventory, issue,
     make good, make out, mimeograph, multigraph, nail down, overhaul,
     overprint, pan out, play around with, practice upon, print,
     probate, proof, prove to be, prove true, publish, pull,
     pull a proof, put out, put to bed, put to press, put to trial,
     ratify, recheck, reinforce, reissue, remove all doubt, reprint,
     research, result, road-test, run, run a sample, run off, sample,
     set at rest, settle, settle the matter, shake down, show, stamp,
     strengthen, strike, substantiate, support, sustain, take stock,
     taste, terminate, test, triple-check, try, try it on, try out,
     turn out, undergird, unfold, uphold, validate, verify, warrant,
     work out

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