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demonstrate (something) to (one)

To show someone how something functions or how to operate it. My boss wants me to demonstrate the software to her.
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demonstrate against (someone or something)

To publicly display opposition to someone or something; to protest against something. Many people in our small town are demonstrating against that big construction project because they feel that we don't need more stores so close to our homes.
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demonstrate for (someone or something)

To publicly show support for someone or something. Many people in our small town are demonstrating for that big construction project because the closest store right now is 10 miles away.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

demonstrate against someone or something

to make a public show against someone or something. The citizens demonstrated against the new policies. A number of protestors demonstrated against the mayor.
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demonstrate for someone or something

to make a public show in favor of someone or something. We will all demonstrate for Walter's candidacy. A number of supporters demonstrated for the mayor.
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demonstrate something to someone

to show someone how something works. Would you please demonstrate this DVD player to me? I may want to buy it. The new products were demonstrated to the board of directors in advance.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Grand Challenge Program Manager Ron Kurjanowicz called the innovations demonstrated by the 23 teams that participated in the competition a testament to the nation's "heritage of ingenuity and resourcefulness."
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During the second outbreak of avian influenza H5N1 in Thailand, probable horizontal transmission among tigers was demonstrated in the tiger zoo.
Inspired by debates over the role played by the criminal law in early modern and modern English social relations, historians over the last thirty years have demonstrated a strong interest in the development of criminal procedure and the institutions of judicial administration.
This encourages program offices to select solutions capable of entering the acquisition process at milestone B or C with a demonstrated system capability.
Engenio Information Technologies, Inc., a provider of innovative and highly scalable modular storage systems for the open enterprise, has announced that the company's 4-Gigabit Fibre Channel Storage Area Network (SAN) technology will be demonstrated at SuperComputing 2004, the premier conference on high-performance computing, networking and storage.
(1-3) Epidemiological studies have also demonstrated that periodontal disease is a site specific process, rather than the previous model of a generalized destruction of the periodontium.
In fact, several decades of research in emotional intelligence (EI) demonstrated that 80-90 percent of the difference between outstanding and average performers is linked to EI.