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demonstrate
used in The Poisonwood Bible

6 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 rubbed at his own black forearm and then held up two ashy fingers, as if demonstrating how the ink in Rachel's sad case had all come off.
    Book 3 — Judges (60% in)
demonstrating = showing
  • He planned to make a demonstration garden, from which we'd gather a harvest for our table and also supply food and seeds to the villagers.
    Book 1 — Genesis (38% 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.)
  • Someday perhaps I shall demonstrate to all of Africa how to grow crops!
    Book 1 — Genesis (41% in)
  • demonstrate = show
  • Several days later, once Father had regained his composure and both his eyes, he assured me that Mama Tataba hadn't meant to ruin our demonstration garden.
    Book 1 — Genesis (46% 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.)
  • Leah fell to her knees in a demonstration of grief on Our Father's behalf.
    Book 1 — Genesis (75% 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.)
  • Nelson spent part of an afternoon demonstrating to me that fine linguistic difference while we scraped chicken manure from the nest boxes.
    Book 3 — Judges (19% in)
demonstrating = showing
There are no more uses of "demonstrate" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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