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demonstrate
used in In Cold Blood

3 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
  • That he knew what he was doing and still went ahead with it is possibly the most clear-cut demonstration of this fact.
    4 — The Corner (47% in)
demonstration = display or 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.)
  • When she began this letter, she intended that it should be a compassionate demonstration of Christian principles.
    2 — Persons Unknown (85% in)
  • demonstration = display

    (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.)
  • However few people can successfully demonstrate a principle in common ethics when their deliberation is festered with emotionalism.
    2 — Persons Unknown (85% in)
demonstrate = show or exhibit (how something works)
There are no more uses of "demonstrate" in In Cold Blood.

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