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

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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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Their friendly mom demeanor and squeaky clean looks—both Doyle and Wambach are bottle blondes who eagerly show me their roots—tend to belie their sometimes radical messaging. Jocelyn Silver, WSJ, "At a Critical Time for U.S. Soccer, Abby Wambach Is on a Mission," 15 Apr. 2019 Tolkien employs a familiar biopic trope, showing glimpses of elements that would one day fuel the creative furnace of his magnum opus. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Tolkien': A Life Where Fantasy Met Reality," 3 May 2019 Over the years, Kate Middleton has cemented her status as a royal fashion icon, showing her range from ladylike skirt suits to princess-like gowns, while mixing high and low fashion pieces. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton's Stylist Natasha Archer Receives an Impressive Royal Honor," 3 May 2019 For example, the Forecast Tile offers the current temperature and conditions as well as a few days of temperatures, while the Headlines Tile shows a top Google News Story. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google's Wear OS gets glancy with swipeable Tiles for news, weather, timers, and more," 1 May 2019 The slate of seven movies and television shows definitely come from a specific point of view, but stop short of intervening in the political discourse. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Barack and Michelle Obama Reveal the Netflix Movies and TV Shows They're Working On," 1 May 2019 Adding to the market’s optimism was new data showing a rebound in retail spending and continued strength in the U.S. labor... Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "S&P 500 Finishes Higher as Industrial Stocks Rise," 18 Apr. 2019 Of course, her husband Jay-Z was also on camera and was shown spending some time with his three children and wife. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "All Three of Beyoncé's Kids Made a Surprise Appearance in Her Netflix Documentary," 18 Apr. 2019 But Houston challenged the call and after a review, Chirinos was ruled safe (the crowd groaned in the realization of that fact as the replay was shown in the stadium). Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Mariners keep home run streak alive but two Houston grand slams too much to overcome," 13 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The series finale also saw the absolute destruction of the Iron Throne thanks to the fire-breathing Drogon, symbolically ending a show that's meant so much to so many people. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Dead May Never Die: So What's Next for Game of Thrones?," 20 May 2019 In the future, brands including Gucci, Balenciaga, and Saint Laurent will no longer employ models under the age of 18 for their fashion shows and beyond. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kering Will No Longer Work with Models Under the Age of 18," 15 May 2019 But Hyundai says the money is earmarked for an electric version of the RM16 (which stands for Racing Midship), a concept that made its debut at a South Korean auto show back in 2016. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Rimac is Helping Hyundai Make an N-Branded EV Hatch and a Sporty Hydrogen Car," 15 May 2019 Get your check, but also make time for the below TV shows and movies. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "These 10 TV Shows and Movies Are the Only Things to Care About This Week," 12 May 2019 Getty Images In past seasons, guests from all around the world have flown in for Louis Vuitton's cruise shows. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Watch the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2020 Show at JFK Airport," 8 May 2019 Perhaps a Star Trek tie-in to go with Patrick Stewart’s new show? Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "What will Google call Android 10 Q?," 6 May 2019 People also reports, citing The Blast, that actually both artists were paid $8 million for their respective headlining shows: $4 million for the first weekend and the other $4 million for the second. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Actually, Ariana Grande and Beyoncé Were Probably Paid About the Same for Coachella," 19 Apr. 2019 The show's still weeks away from its premiere, but these decals are already hotter than Drogon's breath: As of the time of this post, 11 people had them in their cart to buy, and 1,606 people had favorited the design. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Turn Your Toilet Into a Literal Iron Throne," 28 Mar. 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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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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