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demonstrate
used in The Glass Castle

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
  • Brian made eggnog; and to demonstrate that he was on his best behavior, Dad went to great lengths to make sure there was no alcohol in it before he accepted a glass.
    p. 263.3
demonstrate = show
  • They'd stick their heads into her classroom and see the students playing tag and throwing erasers while Mom was up front, spinning like a top and letting pieces of chalk fly from her hands to demonstrate centrifugal force.
    p. 74.4
  • demonstrate = show (how something works)
  • They were filled with the things Mom had inherited from Grandma Smith: a dark Spanish dining table with eight matching chairs, ... and glass-fronted cabinets filled with Grandma's bone china, which Mom demonstrated was the finest quality by holding a plate up to the light and showing us the clear silhouette of her hand through it.
    p. 94.5
  • demonstrated = showed
  • He told Lori he would help her write a paper that would demonstrate that Shakespeare's plays had multiple authors, like Rembrandt's paintings.
    p. 227.5
demonstrate = show
There are no more uses of "demonstrate" in The Glass Castle.

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