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
Recent Examples on the Web During racial justice protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd last May, members of the far-right group would show up and spar (sometimes violently) with left-wing activists. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, 2 June 2021 From time to time, the cops would show up at the pool hall, and drag Lau and his buddies to the station to participate in a lineup. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 An employee at a brewery, or a printshop, or a Web-design company would show up for work one morning and find all the computer files locked and a ransom note demanding a cryptocurrency payment to release them. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 The clouds did indeed show up beginning in late January, when the robotic skywatcher began documenting the wispy, ice-rich clouds scattering sunlight in sometimes-colorful displays. Star Tribune, 30 May 2021 May none of their starring critters show up to join you like those damn cicadas. Sarah Sprague, EW.com, 28 May 2021 To accelerate the pregame process and avoid lines, show up early to the arena, complete your health screen before arriving and wear your mask. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 25 May 2021 And when Angelica plays with the seniors dating app on Grandpa Lou’s phone, three women and a man show up as prospective dates. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2021 Is there any chance a special guest star could show up next week, swoop in, and play the part of the murderer? Keith Phipps, Vulture, 23 May 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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“Show up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/show%20up. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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