show up

showed up; shown up or showed up; showing up; shows up

Definition of show up

transitive verb

1 : to expose or discredit especially by revealing faults showed them up as frauds … it showed him up for the irrelevant and offensive person he really is…— Owen Bennett
2 : to embarrass or cause to look bad especially by comparison trying to show up the boss The offensive line has been sub par with the defensive line showing them up for at least a few days.— James Anderson
3 : reveal showed up my ignorance

intransitive verb

1a : arrive, appear showed up late for his own wedding Hundreds of tourists showed up, wearing bright sweaters, even though it was warm.— Tony Earley
b : to become involved with others and make an active contribution But what we have to remind ourselves, and each other, is that our democracy only works for us if we show up.— America Ferrera also : to provide help and support for someone If you're in a position to defend and protect someone who is a victim of abuse, then do it… Show up for them. — Sa'iyda Shabazz
2 : to be plainly evident … [Woody Hayes] cared so much about people. That showed up in the way he did things in the community, the way he lent his name to charity events.— Kyle Rowland

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Examples of show up in a Sentence

normally, one doesn't see them, but the actress's wrinkles show up in the close-ups the band showed up an hour late
Recent Examples on the Web Airlines are adding flights for the summer vacation season in the expectation that passengers will show up., "A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar," 15 Apr. 2021 Airlines are adding flights for the summer vacation season in the expectation that passengers will show up. David Koenig, ajc, "A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar," 15 Apr. 2021 Partners can also choose to keep stock of some of Wish’s best sellers in their businesses, which will show up to customers as ready for immediate pickup, with the same 50 cent commission. John Herrman, New York Times, "The Not-Quite-Everything Store," 12 Apr. 2021 This means if people search for web developer profiles or for profiles with a specific set of skills, your profile will instantly show up. Yec, Forbes, "Three Reasons Why You Need A Powerful LinkedIn Profile," 12 Apr. 2021 The sheepshead will then taper off, but then more Spanish, more pompano and specks will show up. Frank Sargeant, al, "Alabama’s Gulf State Park Pier partially reopens," 4 Apr. 2021 Osmanov studied how the electrical signature of Starlink will show up via signals to large interferometers in distant alien civilizations. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Could Help Aliens Notice Humans, Study Says," 1 Apr. 2021 Standing at the baggage carousel can often feel like a game of chance: Will my luggage show up on the conveyor belt? Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "These Are the U.S. Airlines Most Likely to Lose or Damage Your Bags," 30 Mar. 2021 Egert said he has been left wondering if new hires will show up for the job. Amber Randall,, "‘It’s a crisis:’ Restaurants fighting to rebound from the pandemic are encountering a surprising new challenge," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of show up

1812, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of show up was in 1812

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18 Apr 2021

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“Show up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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show·​up | \ ˈshō-ˌəp \

Legal Definition of showup

: a presentation of a criminal defendant or arrestee individually to a witness for identification — compare lineup

Note: A showup identification may withstand a due process challenge when there is an emergency situation, when the presentation is accidental, or when otherwise the totality of the circumstances render it justifiable.

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