show·​ing ˈshō-iŋ How to pronounce showing (audio)
: an act or an instance of putting something (such as an artist's work) on view : display
: the presentation of a motion picture
: show sense 5
fashion showings
: performance, record
made a good showing in competition
: a statement or presentation of a case

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Example Sentences

The movie's last showing tonight is at 10:30.
Recent Examples on the Web Her best showing was in 2016, with 2.66% of the vote, which sounds more impressive as a raw total: 224,392. Detroit Free Press, 2 Oct. 2022 The junior quarterback was hesitant at times but had his best showing of the season by far. Evan Dudley, al, 1 Oct. 2022 The Eagles took advantage, pressuring backup Brock Domann and punctuating their most significant showing in style. Trevor Hass,, 1 Oct. 2022 Then there is his showing of contempt for the norms at the very foundation of our democracy– voting. Norman Eisen, CNN, 23 Sep. 2022 The defense enjoyed its best showing of the season. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 17 Sep. 2022 The exhibition originally premiered in 2016 in Cleveland, traveled the country, and now returns home for its final showing in 2022. cleveland, 9 Sep. 2022 The Titans were down in all three games in their 18-25, 26-24, 15-11 comeback win against Oviedo, which also lost 2-1 against Osceola in its 4-2 showing. Buddy Collings, Orlando Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2022 Boise State is coming off a 7-5 season and one of its worst offensive showing in years. oregonlive, 3 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of showing was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Showing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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Legal Definition



: an act or instance of establishing through evidence and argument
appears to require a more specific showing of need by those who seek to perform drug-testing D. A. Grossbaum
failed to make a prima facie showing of a constitutional violation warranting suppression of the evidence

Last Updated: 5 Oct 2022

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