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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.
See also: demonstrate, for

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.
See also: demonstrate, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Healy concludes that Vienna fell before the state collapsed, and that her study demonstrates how "the collapse [of the state] was even more deeply internal than previously imagined," as it was discredited not only in the eyes of traditional opponents but at its very heart (300).
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If Guterl persuasively demonstrates that the "one-drop" rule alone did not consolidate whiteness in the U.S., he is less convincing on the matter of whether it fused a national sense of blackness.
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Will produce a thin film part that demonstrates machine flexibility and precision.