show

verb
\ ˈshō How to pronounce show (audio) \
showed\ ˈshōd How to pronounce show (audio) \; shown\ ˈshōn How to pronounce show (audio) \ or showed; showing

Definition of show

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause or permit to be seen : exhibit showed pictures of the baby
2 : to offer for sale stores were showing new spring suits
3 : to present as a public spectacle : perform
4 : to reveal by one's condition, nature, or behavior showed themselves to be cowards
5 : to give indication or record of an anemometer shows wind speed
6a : to point out : direct attention to showed the view from the terrace
b : conduct, usher showed me to an aisle seat
7 : accord, bestow shows them no mercy
8a : to set forth : declare
b : allege, plead used especially in law show cause
9a : to demonstrate or establish by argument or reasoning show a plan to be faulty
b : inform, instruct showed me how to solve the problem
10 : to present (an animal) for judging in a show

intransitive verb

1a : to be or come in view 3:15 showed on the clock
b : to put in an appearance failed to show
2a : to appear in a particular way anger showed in their faces
b : seem, appear
3a : to give a theatrical performance
b : to be staged or presented
4a : to appear as a contestant
b : to present an animal in a show
5 : to finish third or at least third (as in a horse race)
6 : to exhibit one's artistic work
show one's hand or less commonly show one's cards
1 : to display one's cards faceup
2 : to declare one's intentions or reveal one's resources
show one the door
: to tell someone to get out also : fire sense 2b

show

noun, often attributive

Definition of show (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a demonstrative display a show of strength
2a archaic : outward appearance
b : a false semblance : pretense made a show of friendship
c : a more or less true appearance of something : sign
d : an impressive display his role as househusband … was purely for show— John Lahr
3 : chance sense 2 gave him a show in spite of his background
4 : something exhibited especially for wonder or ridicule : spectacle
5a : a large display or exhibition arranged to arouse interest or stimulate sales the national auto show
b : a competitive exhibition of animals (such as dogs) to demonstrate quality in breeding
6a : a theatrical presentation
b : a regularly distributed program (as on radio, television, or the Internet) She likes to watch "Unwrapped," a Food Network show that goes behind the scenes in the food industry.— Ashley Barron A month ago, the only podcast was "Trade Secrets," a daily news and technology talk show co-hosted by podcasting's pioneers: former MTV VJ Adam Curry and software developer Dave Winer.— Wayne Glowka et al. also : a single episode of such a program I've got time to watch one more show. — Michael Schneider
7 : enterprise, affair they ran the whole show
8 : third place at the finish (as of a horse race)
9 often capitalized : the major leagues in baseball used with the

Other Words from show

Verb

showable \ ˈshō-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce show (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for show

Verb

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine. showed her snapshots to the whole group exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly. exhibit paintings at a gallery display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage. display sale items expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying. sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying. parading their piety for all to see flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading. nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent. show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words. careful not to show his true feelings manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation. manifested musical ability at an early age evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something. a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs. evinced not the slightest fear demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling. demonstrated their approval by loud applause

Examples of show in a Sentence

Verb You have to show your tickets at the gate. You're the only person that I've shown this letter to. They showed the theory to be faulty. You will have to show me how to play the game. He showed them a card trick. Definitions tell you the meanings of words; examples show you how the words are used. Noun She was the star of the show. The band always puts on a good show. a show of his early paintings See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb New satellite images also appear to show Russian ships loading up with what is believed to be stolen Ukrainian grain. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 24 May 2022 The graphic is meant to show a hierarchy, while the shape and color of each measure indicate better-than-average, average, or worse-than-average performance. Michael L. Millenson And J. Matthew Austin, STAT, 24 May 2022 GlenEva Dunham, president of the American Federation of Teachers Gary chapter, said the purpose of coming to the state house was to show legislators that the community opposes MGT continuing to control the schools. Alexandra Kukulka, Chicago Tribune, 24 May 2022 Home surveillance video taken just before the crash appears to show the suspect's vehicle brake suddenly before quickly accelerating. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 23 May 2022 But Marvel boss Kevin Feige and Disney Studios head Sean Bailey had a chance to show clips from upcoming Disney+ offerings. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 23 May 2022 To get bikes back after confiscation, owners would have to show proof of ownership and insurance, and demonstrate the bikes are street-legal. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 23 May 2022 Mears, who earned his first of four Indy 500 wins in 1979, was never one to show a lot of emotion. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2022 The candidates also assert that billions have been spent on homelessness with little to show for it. Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bucklew organized and ran the show, providing support commitments for Vietnam and overseeing the logistics and training of personnel. cincinnati.com, 26 May 2022 Castroneves said Tuesday on the Kevin & Query morning sports radio show on 107.5-FM The Fan. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 25 May 2022 And with talk-show hosts Nick Cannon, Dr. Oz and Maury Povich also making exits, here are five relative newcomers looking to stake their claims. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 The show previews at 7 p.m. Saturday, with the official opening at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 25 May 2022 Today, Aiello is a pilot for a major air carrier and founder and host of The Fighter Pilot Podcast, the premiere internet radio show on all things warplanes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 May 2022 Many seemed confused about the writers' choice to have this be the last shot of the entire show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 Compared to 2021 levels, demand is down nearly 5 percent, data from the Energy Information Administration show. Chunzi Xu, BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2022 Sadie even hit the Paris Fashion Week runways for Undercover's Fall 2018 show. Seventeen, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of show

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for show

Verb

Middle English shewen, showen, from Old English scēawian to look, look at, see; akin to Old High German scouwōn to look, look at, and probably to Latin cavēre to be on one's guard

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Last Updated

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“Show.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/show. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for show

show

verb
\ ˈshō How to pronounce show (audio) \
showed; shown\ ˈshōn \ or showed; showing

Kids Definition of show

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to place in sight : display She showed everyone her pictures.
2 : reveal sense 2 They showed themselves to be cowards.
3 : to make known They showed their support.
4 : to give as appropriate treatment Show them no mercy. Show some respect.
5 : teach sense 1, instruct She showed him how to solve the problem.
6 : prove sense 1 That shows we're right.
7 : to lead to a place : direct I showed them to the door.
8 : to point out to Show me where it hurts.
9 : to be easily seen or noticed The stain hardly shows. Determination showed in her face.
show off
: to make an obvious display of a person's own abilities or possessions in order to impress others
show up
: appear sense 2 He didn't show up for work today.

show

noun

Kids Definition of show (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a public performance intended to entertain people a puppet show a musical show
2 : a television or radio program
3 : an event at which things of the same kind are put on display a fashion show
4 : a display to make known a feeling or quality a show of strength She answered with some show of alarm.
5 : an appearance meant to deceive He made a great show of friendship.

Choose the Right Synonym for show

Verb

show, exhibit, and parade mean to present something so that it will attract attention. show is used of letting another see or examine. Show me a picture of your family. exhibit is used of putting something out for public viewing. The children exhibited their drawings at the fair. parade is used of making a great show of something. Look at them parading their new bikes.

show

noun
\ ˈshō How to pronounce show (audio) \

Medical Definition of show

1 : a discharge of mucus streaked with blood from the vagina at the onset of labor
2 : the first appearance of blood in a menstrual period

show

transitive verb
showed; shown or showed; showing

Legal Definition of show

: to demonstrate or establish by argument, reasoning, or evidence must show a compelling need for the court action
show cause
: to establish by reasoning and evidence a valid reason for something if a debtor wishes to extend a plan beyond three years, he must show cause— J. H. Williamson must show cause why the petition may not be granted

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