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show

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of show

  1. 1 an outward and often exaggerated indication of something abstract (as a feeling) for effect <the children made a show of disgust when confronted with asparagus> Synonyms demonstration, display, exhibition, flaunting Related Words act, charade, facade (also façade), front, guise, pretense (or pretence), put-on, semblance, simulation; affectation, pose, sham; betrayal, disclosure

  2. 2 a display of emotion or behavior that is insincere or intended to deceive <her “concern” for the less fortunate is all just a big show> Synonyms act, airs, charade, disguise, facade (also façade), front, guise, playacting, pose, pretense (or pretence), put-on, semblance, masqueradeRelated Words impersonation, performance, portrayal; image, persona; appearance, color, gloss; camouflage, cloak; affectation, deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation, double-dealing, duplicity, fakery, fraud, guile; betrayal, double cross, faithlessness, falseness, falsity, infidelity, perfidy, treachery, treason, unfaithfulness; excuse, pretextNear Antonyms bluntness, candidness, candor, directness, forthrightness, frankness, openheartedness, outspokenness, plainspokenness, sincerity, straightforwardness; artlessness, genuineness, naïveté (also naivete or naiveté)

  3. 3 outward and often deceptive indication <a false show of strength that fooled the enemy> Synonyms face, guise, name, outward, seeming, semblance, appearanceRelated Words air, effect, impression; hint, implication, insinuation, resemblance, suggestion; affectation, demonstration, display, fiction, image, imitation, imposture, likeness, make-believe (also make-belief), pose, pretense (or pretence), representation, simulation; cloak, disguise, exterior, facade (also façade), front, gloss, mask, masquerade, patina, Potemkin village, shape, shell, surface, veneer

  4. 4 a public showing of objects of interest <a boat show at the convention center> Synonyms display, exhibit, expo, exposition, fair, exhibitionRelated Words demonstration, performance, presentation, production; extravaganza, pageant, spectacle; auction, offering, presentment, sale




show

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of show

  1. 1 to present so as to invite notice or attention <fishing for compliments, the neighbors showed their new SUV to everyone on the block> Synonyms display, disport, exhibit, expose, flash, flaunt, lay out, parade, produce, show off, sport, strut, unveil Related Words brandish, flourish, wave; advertise, air, announce, blaze, broadcast, herald, placard, post, proclaim, publicize, sound, trumpet; divulge, talk (about), tell (of); bare, discover, reveal, uncloak, uncover, unmask Near Antonyms camouflage, disguise, mask; conceal, cover, curtain, enshroud, hide, obscure, occlude, occult, shroud, veil

  2. 2 to make known (something abstract) through outward signs <the actor's expressive face shows his every thought and emotion clearly> Synonyms bespeak, betray, communicate, declare, demonstrate, display, evince, expose, give away, manifest, reveal Related Words bare, disclose, unbosom, uncloak, uncover; advertise, air, announce, blaze, broadcast, placard, proclaim, publicize, sound, trumpet; project Near Antonyms belie, misrepresent; distort, falsify, garble, twist; camouflage, disguise; gild, gloss (over), varnish, whitewash; conceal, counterfeit, cover, hide, mask, obscure, occlude, veil

  3. 3 to gain full recognition or acceptance of <that shows we're right> Synonyms demonstrate, prove, establish, substantiateRelated Words attest, authenticate, bear out, document, evidence, support, sustain, uphold; confirm, corroborate, justify, validate, verifyNear Antonyms confute, discredit, invalidate, rebut, refuteAntonyms disprove

  4. 4 to give advice and instruction to (someone) regarding the course or process to be followed <showed me how to play the guitar> Synonyms coach, counsel, lead, mentor, pilot, shepherd, guide, tutorRelated Words godfather; direct, engineer, steer, sway; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see, squire; oversee, superintend, supervise; drill, train; brief, enlighten, inform; instruct, school, teach, tutor; inculcate, indoctrinate; cultivate, foster, nurture

  5. 5 to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front <showed them the way to get home> Synonyms conduct, direct, guide, marshal (also marshall), pilot, route, lead, steer, usherRelated Words precede; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see; control, manageNear Antonyms dog, hound, shadow, tail, tailgateAntonyms follow, trail

  6. 6 to come into view <another car showed just as we were thinking we'd have the whole place to ourselves> Synonyms come out, materialize, appear, show up, turn up, unfoldRelated Words reappear, resurface; bulk, loom; arrive, come; dawn, debut; arise, blossom, bob (up), break, break out, crop (up), emerge, erupt, issue, outcrop, rise, shoot (up), spring (up), surface; happen, occur; reappear, rematerializeNear Antonyms depart, leave, retire, withdrawAntonyms clear, disappear, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate, fade, go (away), melt (away), vanish




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