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  • Verb

demonstrate

DEM-uhn-strayt

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When I demonstrated or showed how my cool ray gun worked to Bob the Bully, I swear that I wasn’t planning on using it. When Big Bad Bob saw that coolest ray gun in the world, he started making fun of it by demonstrating or displaying to everyone what a little kid’s toy it was. When I couldn’t stand him making fun of me any longer I demonstrated or proved to everyone present that it was a real ray gun. After I had demonstrated or made very clear how well the ray gun worked by turning Bob’s backpack into nothing, he didn’t mess with me again.

Quiz: If you are demonstrating something, what are you doing?

  • You are making sure that it is very clean and presentable.
  • You are hiding it so as not to put it on display.
  • You are letting people see it as you talk about it.

Memory Hook
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Monster Demonstration I've decided to demonstrate my monster at the science fair for all to see ... I hope my monster isn't too scared!

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  • It’s unfortunate that in our culture, where the accent is so much upon youth, that people of middle age feel awkward and absurd if they demonstrate their love. —Up a Road Slowly
  • Mercy demonstrated on two pieces of thin board to which were fastened strips of leather set with hooked wire teeth. —The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Word Ingredients
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de- thoroughly
monstrat showed, pointed out
e used for spelling and pronunciation

When you demonstrate something, you “thoroughly show” it to people.

Word Theater
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Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) A demonstration of how the Death Star can destroy an entire planet, in this case Alderaan.
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Demonstrate

Word Variants
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demonstration n a showing or display of something