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

Examples of showing in a Sentence

The movie's last showing tonight is at 10:30.
Recent Examples on the Web As to be expected, there is some conflicting information here as companies try to put their best spin on poor showings. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 10 May 2024 The last really good showing of the northern lights in Ohio was in November 2001. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for showing 

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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 20 May. 2024.

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-testingD. A. Grossbaum
failed to make a prima facie showing of a constitutional violation warranting suppression of the evidence
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