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prove, proves, proved, proving (verbs)
1. To establish the truth or genuineness of, as by evidence or argument.
2. To establish the authenticity or validity of (a will); probate.
3. To give demonstration of by action.
4. To subject to a test, to experiment, a comparison, an analysis, or the like, to determine quality, amount, acceptability, characteristics, etc.
5. To show (oneself) to have the character or ability expected of one; especially, through one's actions.
6. To verify the correctness or validity of by mathematical demonstrations or arithmetical proof.
7. Established beyond doubt.

Prove has two past participles: proved and proven. Proved is the older form. Proven is a variant.

In the 20th century, proven has made inroads into the territory once dominated by proved, so that now the two forms compete on equal footing as participles; however, when used as an adjective before a noun, proven is now the more common word: "He is a proven talent."

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