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I'm looking for a word meaning "to actively demonstrate knowledge or skill". I think that "To flaunt" can have negative interpretation, where as a more neutral act such as "to showcase" may not actively perform. Is there a better word?

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........display –  Edwin Ashworth May 20 '13 at 21:56
    
You remind me of the biblical contrast between "faith" and "works." As the pragmatic Apostle James said (and I paraphrase): You say to me, "You have faith," and I say to you, "I have works." You may be thinking "tomahto, tomayto." I, however, say, "Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith BY my works" (James 2:18). Knowledge is invisible (though strict materialists believe knowledge is simply a chemical reaction within the brain); wisdom is the active demonstration of knowledge or skill. I say, "Flesh out your knowledge (and your faith, too!)" –  rhetorician May 21 '13 at 12:52

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You could use the word vaunt.

Definition:
    (verb) to speak vaingloriously of; boast of: to vaunt one's achievements.

"John actively vaunts his intelligence."
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To be Erudite actively demonstrates knowledge - it is a word more associated with intellect and being scholarly.

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more specifically; 'the act of directly applying knowledge'. –  wendell May 21 '13 at 2:23
    
Erudite is an adjective not a verb, the definition is: "Having or showing great knowledge or learning". Although it does imply that you have performed such an act! –  Sam May 21 '13 at 7:31
    
The word originates from the Latin Eruditus meaning "well-instructed". –  Sam May 21 '13 at 7:40

are you looking for the word exemplify?

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Please provide a definition with the given word. –  Jacobm001 Aug 14 '13 at 17:28
    
Exemplify = "to show or illustrate by example" (M-W); "illustrate or clarify by giving an example" (ODO). That does not seem to equate to "to actively demonstrate knowledge or skill". Please explain your suggestion. –  TrevorD Aug 14 '13 at 23:25
    
'To demonstrate' is 'to show'. –  user49727 Aug 19 '13 at 10:24

Best I can think of is "evince". It's not specific to knowledge or skill. Definition

To show or demonstrate clearly; manifest: evince distaste by grimacing

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What about exhibit? E.g., "Jack and Jill exhibit their expertise every day".

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