demonstrate-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: prove, establish, attest to

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 DEMONSTRATE NP2[topic[concrete]]

The police have been unable to demonstrate a link between the two murders.
The film 2001 demonstrated the illusive and relative notion of 'intelligence'.
The Roman roads demonstrate excellent engineering know-how.
He demonstrated great skill in steering the warring factions to the negotiating table.
The existence of additional spatial dimensions may be demonstrated
through new high energy particle experiments.
Colleagues demonstrated that transposon-mediated evolution can
happen in real time to create novel solutions to changing
As Figure one demonstrates, moderate slumps in the economy
tend to be followed by moderate recoveries.

VerbNet: indicate-78-1-1
FrameNet: Reasoning,Evidence
PropBank: demonstrate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3

Sense Number 2: show or give an exhibition of something

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] DEMONSTRATE NP2
NOTE: Does -not- occur with finite COMPs, i.e. that S
NOTE: 'The magician demonstrated that a rabbit was removed from a bottle' = Sense 1

The magician will now demonstrate removing a rabbit from a bottle.
They are demonstrating a great new graphics package at Booth 15.
The chef demonstrated how to bone a chicken.

VerbNet: transfer_mesg-37.1.1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: demonstrate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: protest or engage in a march

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] DEMONSTRATE (PP{P NP[topic]}) NP1[agent] DEMONSTRATE (PP{P NP[location]})
NOTE: this sense never takes a direct object of the verb.

The students are demonstrating against the war in front of the administration building.
Angry mobs were demonstrating in front of several European embassies.
John is not planning to demonstrate because he has a physics exam in the morning.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: demonstrate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4