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demonstrate
used in Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets

2 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
  • He tells me he knows a tiny little bit about dueling himself and has sportingly agreed to help me with a short demonstration before we begin.
    Chapter 11 — The Dueling Club (33% in)
demonstration = display (showing how to do something)

(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.)
  • Enough demonstrating!  I'm going to come amongst you now and put you all into pairs.
    Chapter 11 — The Dueling Club (39% in)
demonstrating = showing (how something is done)
There are no more uses of "demonstrate" in Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets.

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