show·​ing | \ ˈshō-iŋ How to pronounce showing (audio) \

Definition of showing

1a : an act or an instance of putting something (such as an artist's work) on view : display
b : the presentation of a motion picture
c : show sense 5 fashion showings
2 : performance, record made a good showing in competition
3a : a statement or presentation of a case

Examples of showing in a Sentence

The movie's last showing tonight is at 10:30.

Recent Examples on the Web

The decade-past vibes were offered an extra wash of modernity through EmRata's showing of skin and assemblage of delicate accessories. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Is Officially Reviving This ’90s Hair Style," 11 July 2019 The Warriors also appeared encouraged with Cousins overcoming two injuries, minimizing his frustrations with officials and playing time and showing flashes of his former self that landed four All-Star appearances. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "NBA free agency: DeMarcus Cousins agrees to deal with Lakers," 6 July 2019 On July 20, 2019, the observatory is hosting a celebration with bands, food trucks and a showing of the video footage of the first moon landing narrated by Neil Armstrong (recorded during his 2012 visit to Flagstaff). Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "These Arizona places were critical to the Apollo 11 moon landing. Here's what you should see.," 28 June 2019 Our law requires a showing of purposeful action on the foreign power’s behalf against our country. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Lessons of the Mueller Probe," 12 June 2019 With Tuesday marking the two-year anniversary of the shooting deaths of 49, the Mount Dora Community Building, 520 N. Baker St., will be the venue for a showing of a Pulse documentary aimed at bringing awareness to the importance of donating blood. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Mount Dora marks Pulse anniversary with showing of documentary about Pulse survivors, blood drive," 6 June 2018 Leaguewide protests and showings of team unity, including some by owners, escalated in September following explicit remarks made by President Donald Trump toward NFL player-protestors. Jourdan Rodrigue And Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Source: Panthers captains, leaders met with David Tepper on new NFL anthem policy | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 2018 While this year's showing isn't up to the likes of more established publishers, their E3 2019 slate isn't so bad—especially thanks to one what-the-heck game from an entirely new IP. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "After 8Chan-gate, THQN unveils stirring anti-Nazi game set in 1930s Germany," 11 June 2019 Meanwhile, the poor showing for Sanders could be a sign of how far left the Democratic primary field has moved in the years since 2016. Christina Prignano,, "Biden leading Warren among Democratic voters in Mass., poll finds," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of showing

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

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English Language Learners Definition of showing

: the act of making a movie, television show, piece of art, etc., available for the public to see
: a performance or appearance of a particular kind



Legal Definition of showing

: 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

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