: something exhibited especially for wonder or ridicule : spectacle
: a large display or exhibition arranged to arouse interest or stimulate sales
the national auto show
: a competitive exhibition of animals (such as dogs) to demonstrate quality in breeding
: a theatrical presentation
: 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
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
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
Come on, Katy Perry — show 'em what your music is worth.—Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2023 The two become very close and end up showing an interest in each other.—Chelsea Hylton, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Research shows that urban forests are 2.9 degrees cooler than areas without trees on average, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.—Amanda Gokee, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2023 Extreme summertime heat overburdens vulnerable populations, especially communities of color living with low incomes, Cleetus said, citing mapping research the Union of Concerned Scientists has done to show the inequities of keeping cool in cities.—Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 18 Sep. 2023 Combining everything shown on the field so far, Milroe has been the best quarterback.—Matt Stahl | Mstahl@al.com, al, 18 Sep. 2023 Better donor matching prevents the development of a specific immune reaction that, studies with sickle cell patients have shown, can reduce life expectancy by seven years.—Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 And not only has this first Pope from the Americas shown no special regard for the U.S.; the American Church has become the church that stands between Francis and his vision of Catholicism.—Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2023 Countless studies show that chronic stress is bad for the body and mind, and burnout is linked to everything from depression to premature death, research shows.—Jamie Ducharme, TIME, 18 Sep. 2023
The number of waiver requests has tripled since 2018, state data shows.—Todd Wallack, ProPublica, 19 Sep. 2023 The Roxy is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of anniversary shows, including two Neil Young concerts set for Wednesday (Sept. 20) and Thursday (Sept. 21) in honor of Young’s concerts that opened the venue in 1973.—Dave Brooks, Billboard, 19 Sep. 2023 After a handful of reunion shows at the Country Club in Reseda in 1989 and the Vex in L.A. in 2001 and 2013, the Stains faded away and their record became a collector’s item, with prices climbing as high as $1,200.
Beset by debilitating health issues, Becerra eventually stopped playing guitar.—Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 During a show at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, Swift announced that 1989 (Taylor’s Version) will be arriving on Oct. 27 — exactly nine years after the original dropped on Oct. 27, 2014.—Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 19 Sep. 2023 Sitting in her red chair later in the video, McEntire spoke about her experience on the show so far.—Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2023 The show has remained out of production through the SAG-AFTRA strikes.—Zack Sharf, Variety, 19 Sep. 2023 Crumb will perform a handful of shows this November in Europe, including sets at both Pitchfork Music Festival Paris and Pitchfork Music Festival London.—Nina Corcoran, Pitchfork, 19 Sep. 2023 Ennis worked on the show as both director and technical director, dating back to 1992.—Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Sep. 2023 See More
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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