show up

verb

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

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Look for flowers to emerge in midspring, and for huge amounts of ripe berries to show up in the early fall. Colin Mccrate, The Seattle Times, "Our native evergreen huckleberry brings dynamic color and oodles of fruit to your edible shade garden," 20 Feb. 2019 Getting Arrested Confronting power can be intimidating — especially when the cops show up. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Protest Tactics We Loved in 2018," 29 Dec. 2018 Avisail Garcia’s strained hamstring injury has landed him on the disabled list Tuesday just when scouts where showing up to take a look at him for a possible midseason trade. chicagotribune.com, "Avisail Garcia back on disabled list with strained hamstring," 10 July 2018 These kind of issues won’t show up on the balance sheet anytime soon. Vanessa Fuhrmans, WSJ, "Amazon Leaves New York but Not the Spotlight," 16 Feb. 2019 Lumber, materials, and a dumpster may show up in your driveway, which is a sure sign the work is about to start. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "How Long It Takes To Renovate Every Single Room In Your House," 26 Dec. 2018 This time next year, a robot might show up in its place. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Postmates’ new autonomous robot wants to deliver your sushi," 17 Dec. 2018 That for the last 22 months has been traveling every single county of Texas, being there to listen, too, and show up for every single one of us. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Beto O'Rourke’s Concession Speech," 7 Nov. 2018 Several supporters showed up as well to speak in favor of the class. Tiffini Theisen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida man complains about beach yoga, tries to get class shut down," 13 July 2018

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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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showup

noun
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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