show

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

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Other Words from show

Verb

showable \ ˈshō-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce showable (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

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.

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What initially began as a meaningful meet-and-greet quickly transformed into a dream come true when Luke requested Ethan's impeccable vocals at one of his 50,000-person shows in Dallas. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'American Idol' Judge Luke Bryan Helps a Teen With Cystic Fibrosis Audition for the Show," 10 Mar. 2019 Goodwin brought up a recent clip from LeBron James’s show The Shop. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Terry Crews's Family Comment Perpetuates Toxic Masculinity," 9 Mar. 2019 Access was granted by showing a gold Captain Marvel pin to security guards upon arrival. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Brie Larson Exhibited All Kinds of Girl Power at Captain Marvel's Adrenaline-Fueled New York City Premiere," 8 Mar. 2019 Fans of The View immediately began showing their support for Whoopi after hearing the news. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Fans Rally Behind Whoopi Goldberg After She Says "Came Close to Leaving the Earth"," 8 Mar. 2019 But flash forward to 2005, when a French scientist shows Pitman pictures of odd-looking whales in the Indian Ocean. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Spot Mysterious Unknown Breed of Killer Whales," 8 Mar. 2019 According to Lagorio-Chafkin, a 2015 study showed that her bans really did have a positive effect on restoring a sense of civil discourse to the site. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Book tells the inside story of how Reddit came to be the Internet’s “id”," 30 Dec. 2018 At 51-years-old actress and her golden statue-worthy outfit, proved that this A-lister will continue to deliver jaw-dropping looks for many more awards shows to come. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Julia Roberts Was a Pretty Woman—in Pink!—at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 Lawmakers continue acting like the solutions are some sort of mystery, as if there aren’t years of research and experiences in other countries that show restrictions on firearms can save lives. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unfortunately, co-host Joy Behar confirmed on February 20 that Whoopi was way too sick to appear on their own ABC show, let alone the Academy Awards. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why It's Taking Whoopi Goldberg Weeks to Recover From Pneumonia, According to Doctors," 8 Mar. 2019 Malfunctions aside, the quintet constantly changed out their hair accessories along with their outfits throughout the show. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Red Velvet Members Share Their Biggest Skin-Care Secrets," 7 Mar. 2019 The hilarious, wrenchingly real series is destined to become your new favorite show. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Aidy Bryant's New Hulu Series,'Shrill,' Is Much More Than a 'Body-Positivity Show'," 5 Mar. 2019 His extravagant fashion shows encompassed everything from a floral fantasy to a faux street protest, burnishing the halo around the label. Andrea Felsted, The Seattle Times, "Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy is more than just Chanel suits," 19 Feb. 2019 Lady Gaga has been teasing a new animated character on social media as part of her Las Vegas residency show. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Lady Gaga teases an anime cyborg at her Las Vegas concert," 29 Dec. 2018 The resulting spectrum shows which elements are present in the sample. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study brings us one step closer to solving 1994 thallium poisoning case," 25 Dec. 2018 The star of the show, Darré dares to be distinctive. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Vincent Darré, Surrealist Dandy of Paris, Discusses His New Book and Dashing Personal Style," 25 Feb. 2019 While the striking map at the heart of this show placed China at the center of the world, cross-cultural exchanges can be seen in the chart itself and the other decorative objects in the exhibition. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘In Focus: A Complete Map of the World—The 18th-Century Convergence of China and Europe’ Review: Shrinking an Expanding Globe," 20 Feb. 2019

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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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The first known use of show was in the 12th century

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show

verb

English Language Learners Definition of show

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause or allow (something) to be seen
: to give information that proves (something)
: to teach (someone) how to do or use something especially by letting that person see you do or use it

show

noun

English Language Learners Definition of show (Entry 2 of 2)

: a performance in a theater that usually includes singing and dancing
: a public performance that is intended to entertain people
: a television or radio program

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.

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

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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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