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prove (1 the prevailing use in the 1611 Bible; the senses ‘establish as true’, and ‘turn out to be soand-so, come to be, become’ are freq.)
1. to try, test 1H6 II. ii. 58 “I mean to this lady's courtesy,” Cym. I. v. 38 “Which [drugs] first . . . she'll on cats and dogs” ; with infin. Ven. 40 “To tie the rider she begins to ” ; with clause Ado I. iii. 75 “Shall we go prove what's to be done?,” Mer.V. II. i. 7, Ham. III. ii. 214.
2. to find out by experience John III. i. 28 “give you cause to my saying true,” Oth. III. iii. 260 “if I do her haggard,” V. i. 66, Lucr. 613; also in the idiomatic conditional phr. “prove (you) that”=if you discover Ado I. i. 260 [252], 2H4 II. iv. 303, Per. IV. vi. 205.
3. to have experience of, to experience Ham. III. i. 47, Ant. I. ii. 35 “You have seen and p-'d a fairer former fortune,” Ven. 597 “All is imaginary she doth prove,” Sonn. cxxix. 11.
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