# Commands¶

Imandra has a number of powerful verification commands:

`verify <func>`

: takes a function representing a goal and attempts to prove it. If the proof attempt fails, Imandra will try to synthesize a concrete counterexample illustrating the failure. Found counterexamples are installed by Imandra in the`CX`

module. When verifying a formula that doesn't depend on function parameters,`verify (<expr>)`

is a shorthand for`verify (fun () -> <expr>)`

`instance <func>`

: takes a function representing a goal and attempts to synthesize an instance (i.e., a concrete value) that satisfies it. It is useful for answering the question "What is an example value that satisfies this particular property?". Found instances are installed by Imandra in the`CX`

module.`theorem <name> <vars> = <body>`

: takes a name, variables and a function of the variables representing a goal to be proved. If Imandra proves the goal, the named theorem is installed and may be used in subsequent proofs. Theorems can be tagged with attributes instructing Imandra how the theorem should be (automatically) applied to prove other theorems in the future. Found counterexamples are installed by Imandra in the`CX`

module.`lemma <name> <vars> = <body>`

: synonym of`theorem`

, but idiomatically often used for "smaller" subsidiary results as one is working up to a larger`theorem`

.`axiom <name> <vars> = <body>`

: declares an axiom, effectively the same as`theorem`

but forcing Imandra to*assume*the truth of the conjecture, rather than verifying it. This is of course dangerous and should be used with extreme care.