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

Advocates are coaching them on their rights, including instructions not to respond if agents knock on the door unless shown a warrant signed by a judge. Fox News, "ICE deportation raids underway in New York City, 'number of jurisdictions,' official says," 14 July 2019 Neither athlete showed much emotion; neither played spectacular tennis for long stretches. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "Novak Djokovic Is the Greatest Player of the ‘Big Three’," 14 July 2019 The six bulls from the Miura breeder, who celebrated their farm’s 53rd showing at the festival, completed the 930-yard (850-meter) run to the bull ring in 2 minutes, 42 seconds. Washington Post, "Pamplona sees 3 gorings in 8th and final bull run," 14 July 2019 Cincinnati finished 6-10 in 2018, its worst showing since 2010. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Carl Lawson finds inspiration in ‘Dragon Ball Z’," 14 July 2019 Texas Tribune: Federal data shows that as many as five migrant children per day are separated from their parents at the border, more than a year after the Trump administration ended a policy that led to hundreds of family separations. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "VP Mike Pence acknowledges 'overwhelmed' immigration system as Dallas protesters hold candlelight vigil, plus more coverage," 13 July 2019 One 22-year-old black woman remained at his farm, the document shows. The Courier-Journal, "In McConnell’s boyhood town where his family owned slaves, the reparations debate thrives," 13 July 2019 As the new study shows, amber fossils can offer revelatory glimpses into the animals that once populated our planet. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Prehistoric Bird Had Weirdly Long Toes," 13 July 2019 But there have been 17 fewer non-fatal shootings than the previous year — mirroring statistics showing crime is down overall in the city this year. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Man killed in Friday night shooting in Hartford," 13 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There has never been a fireworks show that can compare to getting up on any building in Los Angeles and turning in a circle. Frank Shyong, latimes.com, "An appreciation of the pyrotechnic anarchy of Fourth of July in Los Angeles," 1 July 2019 The Houston Symphony will return on Sept. 11 to perform a 7:30 p.m. show to honor first responders and military heroes. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Summer events in full swing during Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion’s 30th year," 1 July 2019 Two major fireworks firms have donated a pyrotechnic show valued at $750,000, for example, but the Park Service will have to pay employees overtime to clean up the remnants of that display. cleveland.com, "President Trump asks for military tanks on the Mall as part of grandiose July Fourth event," 1 July 2019 Two major fireworks firms have donated a pyrotechnic show valued at $750,000, for example, but the Park Service will have to pay employees overtime to clean up the remnants of that display. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump asks for military tanks on the Mall as part of grandiose July Fourth event," 1 July 2019 Vampire Weekend opened proceedings with a secret show on the Park Stage. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Glastonbury 2019 Day 2 Highlights: The Killers, Liam Gallagher & More Scorch the Stage," 30 June 2019 This is a show very much worth getting of the house for. John Adamian, courant.com, "Brazilian pop star Sessa at the State House," 28 June 2019 When auditions for the show opened this year in Dallas, her parents sent in an audition tape. John Wenzel, The Know, "Colorado dancer’s “So You Think You Can Dance” audition has been 14 years in the making," 28 June 2019 The Office has been off the air since 2013, but your love for the show hasn't dwindled once over the years. Tiffany Reid, Good Housekeeping, "'The Office' Cast Costume Ideas That Let You Channel Your Favorite Dunder Mifflin Employee," 28 June 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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