Translation of prove in Spanish:


probar, v.

Pronunciation: /pruv//pruːv/

transitive verb

  • 1

    (verify, demonstrate)
    (theory/statement) probar
    (innocence/theorem) probar
    (innocence/theorem) demostrar
    (courage/loyalty) demostrar
    they couldn't prove that she was lying no pudieron demostrar / probar que mentía
    • to prove one's point demostrar que uno tiene razón / está en lo cierto
    • can you prove where you were that night? ¿tiene pruebas de dónde estaba usted aquella noche?
    • to prove sb right/wrong demostrar que algn tiene razón / está en lo cierto/está equivocado
    • to prove sth right/wrong demostrar que algo es/no es cierto
    • tests proved the drug (to be) effective los experimentos demostraron que el medicamento era eficaz
  • 2

    • 2.1(test)

      (weapon/system) probar
      • Barrett proved his dead-eye shooting ability as he sunk score after score for his side.
      • In the face of war and mass slaughter, he has proved it retains the ability to shock us with the sheer frivolity of its efforts in futility.
      • He even produced a document proving it, though no one else knew of its existence.
      • Truth is established by proving theory through observation and then having the results confirmed by peers.
      • Andrew McLoughlin proved his dead-ball abilities with a cross from the right which fell to McTiernan on the near post.
      • In 1925 he proved the Krull-Schmidt theorem for decomposing abelian groups of operators.
      • An indictment is far from a conviction but as Martin Kramer points out, this refusal to recognise inconvenient truths is also proving an indictment on their claims of expertise.
      • The French working class has repeatedly proved its readiness and ability to fight for its democratic and social rights in the past.
      • He believes he has proven his strength and ability to be an independent voice on the Council.
      • The Authority said it is very difficult to prove the existence of a cartel and pledged to monitor the situation in the town.
      • Nonetheless he had proven his leadership ability and his political skill in ending the civil war.
      • She proves a well known (to mathematicians!) theorem of homological algebra.
      • The ability to deliver and prove high levels of performance is no longer just a competitive advantage.
      • There is a theorem proved by Kurt Godel in 1931, which is the Incompleteness Theorem for mathematics.
      • The scenes are intended to prove the soundness and truth of what has been previously said.
      • How I got in is not something I'm willing to disclose, but I have the documentary evidence to prove it.
      • With highlife, African music had proved its resilience and ability to absorb and synthesise foreign influences.
      • What no one is yet prepared to do is go on record as saying he has proved the Poincare Conjecture.
      • But every inductive argument that proves its conclusion presupposes the truth of the law of causation.
      • Once academic scientific studies were established they rejected and ridiculed anything spiritual or metaphysical if it could not be proven by a mathematical formula.
      • It emphasised that ‘the courts are not the place to prove new medical truths’.
      • The person said that telling lies will get us nowhere and we're better off telling the truth and proving it.
      • Bonnet used Codazzi's formulas to prove the existence theorem in the theory of surfaces.
      • Illuminating reality without recourse to truth is proving a difficult proposition.
      • Finally, we are not content with a mere definition of truth; we seek a method of establishing the truth and proving its correctness.

    • 2.2Law

      (will) comprobar
      (will) verificar
      • I'm sure he was wondering who could prove it up, and I started thinking I was going to be called as an adverse witness.
      • The Moores stayed on the homestead long enough to prove it up and get title which would be three years.

reflexive verb

  • 1

    to prove oneself
    • he was given three months to prove himself le dieron tres meses para que demostrara su valía
    • the new system has not yet proved itself in battle conditions la eficacia del nuevo sistema en combate está aún por demostrarse
    • he has proved himself to be a great actor ha demostrado ser un gran actor

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (turn out)
    his advice proved useless sus consejos resultaron (ser) inútiles
    • it proved to be very difficult resultó ser muy difícil
  • 2

    (dough) levar
    (dough) leudar