Proove or prove – which form is correct?

Proove or prove? Anyone who has ever studied English sooner or later will find out that English spelling is very tricky, even for English native speakers. In this text we will try to solve the mystery of proove vs prove – what is the correct spelling, or perhaps they can be used interchangeably? Prove or proove probably do not make the top spelling mistakes in English when you google these, but they can still prove… or proove? – to be a common error.

Proove or prove which one is correct meaning definition correct form examples

Proove or prove – which form is correct? 

Since the corresponding noun is proof, you might think that the correct spelling of the verb in question would also be with “double oo”, so proove. However, the correct form is prove. Proove is in fact the obsolete spelling of prove, dated back to the 16th – 18th century. Nowadays, it is a common misspelling of prove, which is a definition you will find in most online dictionaries when you enter it.

Proove or prove – the correct form

We have established that the only correct form is prove. Check out the following section to see if you are familiar with all the definitions of this verb.

Prove – the meaning

Basically, if you want to prove something, you need to show that it is true by using facts and/or evidence, also known as proof, which is a corresponding noun, as mentioned above.

She has proved her good physical shape by doing 50 sit-ups.

See below other definitions of prove with the examples:

  • to show a particular result after a period of time, turn out:

The disagreement over the reprint rights proved impossible to resolve.

  • To show (oneself) to have a particular quality or ability expected, esp. through one’s actions:

He proved himself determined to succeed.

  • to subject to a test, experiment, or analysis to determine quality, characteristics, etc.:

How do you prove Ore’s theorem?

  • Mathematics:
    to verify the correctness or validity of by mathematical demonstration or arithmetical proof.

  • Law:
    a) To establish by the required amount of evidence:b) To establish the authenticity of (a will):
    She has proved her case in court.

    b) To establish the authenticity of (a will).
    The requirement of proving a will is a legal formality.

  • Bread baking: (also proof) To swell before being baked because of the action of yeast.

In most basic yeast bread recipes, the dough is allowed to prove twice.

  • Printing To make a sample impression of (type); proof.

  • Archaic To find out or learn (something) through experience.

Prove or proove? More examples from the literature and press

But it proves that art is one of those things like sports that just brings races together.

“Washington Post”, Jun 21, 2022

He forces his horse through the flames and wakens Brynhild, who gives herself to him joyfully because he has proved his valor in reaching her.

Edith Hamilton, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Time will eventually prove one of us right.

Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

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After graduating with a MA in English Philology, Kasia lived for almost five years in the UK facing the challenge of trying to master the intricacies of English language, which is her consuming passion. Other things she enjoys doing in her spare time are singing in a local parish band, embroidery, reading, cycling, and enjoying the outdoors with her family and friends.