show up

verb
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

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As far as what Glamour editors are crossing their fingers will show up this year? Glamour, "What Glamour Editors Hope Will Be on Sale During Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale," 11 July 2019 The rate decrease should show up within 30 to 60 days. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "How would a Fed rate cut affect your credit cards, home equity lines and bank savings," 11 July 2019 Some face persecution and extortion, and most will show up to court without a lawyer. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "U.S. begins returning asylum seekers at Laredo crossing, expanding "Remain in Mexico"," 9 July 2019 The environmental crisis is also showing up in more subtle, but still foundational ways. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How design is being upended by the climate crisis," 9 July 2019 On Monday, Lime scooters were showing up on the company's app, but have since disappeared. Keith Schubert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Collection of Lime scooters spotted in Milwaukee as city awaits scooters' return," 9 July 2019 Strangers were showing up in town and videotaping children. Susan Svrluga, courant.com, "First, they lost their children. Then the conspiracy theories started. Now, the parents of Newtown are fighting back.," 9 July 2019 Seattle’s Emerald City nickname also showed up in more literal ways, with depictions of the gemstone floating in the middle of mostly blue motifs. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Last month, we asked readers what Seattle’s city flag should look like. Here’s what you came up with.," 7 July 2019 Would the family member I was supposed to meet here show up as promised? Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Jacques Kelly: Baltimore summers before the advent of air conditioning were just 'Too Darn Hot'," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of show up

1812, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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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