show

verb
\ ˈshō \
showed\ ˈshōd \; shown\ ˈshōn \ 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 \ 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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Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Roberto Cavalli, and Giorgio Armani are showing men’s and women’s together in February—there’s a lot happening in Milan this week. Phil Oh, Vogue, "Phil Oh’s Best Street Style Photos From Milan’s Fall 2019 Menswear Shows," 14 Jan. 2019 Another more recent and perhaps more accurate study showed that about 15 percent to 18 percent of married people have cheated on their spouses. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "What Causes Infidelity? 11 Men and Women on Why They Cheated," 8 Jan. 2019 Throughout the past year, Erin and Ben have both shared many sweet snapshots showing their toddler smiling, snuggling with her daddy, and looking through books—including the one her parents' wrote, entitled Make Something Good Today. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything We Know About Erin and Ben Napier's Baby, Helen," 8 Jan. 2019 Crazy Rich Asians crushed the box office and showed that a big studio movie with an all Asian cast can both be culturally impactful and financially successful. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "The Importance of Sandra Oh Thanking Her Parents in Korean at the Golden Globes 2019," 7 Jan. 2019 First up are the Golden Globes, which will be hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg and shown on NBC this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See if Your 2019 Golden Globe Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 5 Jan. 2019 Below, Zegen discusses his ongoing reevaluation of his character, and why acting in period shows is like traveling back in time. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Michael Zegen of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Why Joel Maisel Is Not the Villain," 31 Dec. 2018 However, in a last minute win, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced on Twitter that the events will be shown on NASA TV, and that the space agency would update the public on the mission with its social media accounts. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to watch as NASA sends a spacecraft past a rock at the edge of the Solar System," 30 Dec. 2018 Several studies have shown that a higher-fat diet can reduce cravings and levels of appetite-stimulating hormones ghrelin and insulin. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "The Ultimate Keto Diet Foods List of What You Can (and Can't) Eat," 28 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Al is referring to Jillian's stint on The Biggest Loser, a weight-loss show where Jillian was known for her no nonsense approach to losing weight. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jillian Michaels' Keto Diet Comments Caused Al Roker to Snap on Twitter," 11 Jan. 2019 Kendall's latest bikini pic is actually a slide show of two different videos showing off her modeling skills. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner's Bikini Video Was Basically a Cute Way to Flirt With Ben Simmons," 10 Jan. 2019 Anderson said she was attracted to a show that explored the common issues associated with puberty, in all its joy and messiness. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’ is a trans-Atlantic love letter," 8 Jan. 2019 The designer, formerly of Givenchy, took over the iconic British brand in 2018, presenting his first collection at London Fashion Week in September with a whopping 108-look show. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "See Riccardo Tisci’s First Red Carpet Moment for Burberry," 7 Jan. 2019 Shortly afterwards, the safety driver was found to be streaming a show at the time of impact. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Enter On the Media, which began life as a call-in show before spreading across the nation's airwaves via NPR. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018 Netflix kind of owes her for helping to make Stranger Things a seriously addictive show. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Millie Bobby Brown Wants to Star in the “To All the Boys I've Loved Before” Sequel and The Cast Is So Into It," 20 Dec. 2018 The other is a one-woman show, which will be a mixture of live improvised music, drawing, and speaking. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "60 Seconds With...Shantell Martin," 11 Dec. 2018

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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 \
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 \

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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