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demonstrate
used in Gulliver's Travels

4 uses
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Definition
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
  • I was at the mathematical school, where the master taught his pupils after a method scarce imaginable to us in Europe. The proposition, and demonstration, were fairly written on a thin wafer, with ink composed of a cephalic tincture.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (51% in)
demonstration = proof

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • He had performed many eminent services for the crown, had great natural and acquired parts, adorned with integrity and honour; but so ill an ear for music, that his detractors reported, "he had been often known to beat time in the wrong place;" neither could his tutors, without extreme difficulty, teach him to demonstrate the most easy proposition in the mathematics.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (32% in)
  • demonstrate = show (how something works)
  • The artist himself was at that time busy upon two great designs; the first, to sow land with chaff, wherein he affirmed the true seminal virtue to be contained, as he demonstrated by several experiments, which I was not skilful enough to comprehend.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (45% in)
  • demonstrated = showed
  • He said, "that new systems of nature were but new fashions, which would vary in every age; and even those, who pretend to demonstrate them from mathematical principles, would flourish but a short period of time, and be out of vogue when that was determined."
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (68% in)
demonstrate = show (how something works)
There are no more uses of "demonstrate" in Gulliver's Travels.

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