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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 ready to be viewed.
  • You are letting people see how you do it.
  • You are hiding it so as not to let people see it.

Memory Hook

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!


  • 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

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

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

Word Theater

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

Word Constellation


Word Variants

demonstration n a showing or display of something