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.

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Sizer, a Colorado native who starred at Eaglecrest High School and CSU-Pueblo, first signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in May after an impressive showing at rookie minicamp. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Deyon Sizer, former CSU-Pueblo star, gets second chance in Broncos training camp," 8 Aug. 2019 What's next for War of Will after a disappointing showing in the Jim Dandy Stakes? Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "For fantasy football players, the NFL preseason is the worst for a few reasons," 31 July 2019 Chris Board: After a strong showing on special teams as an undrafted free agent, the inside linebacker is poised to contribute on defense. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens 2019 training camp preview: Linebacker," 21 July 2019 After the showing, both Flores and Camp Hope will be participate in an audience Q&A. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Award-winning movie ‘Above the Best’ premieres in Houston," 3 July 2019 Republicans also picked longtime attorney Sue Hatfield of Pomfret, who ran unopposed as the party’s vice chairwoman after a strong showing in 2018 by winning 115 towns in the race for state attorney general. Christopher Keating,, "State Republicans re-elect J.R. Romano as party chairman by wide margin," 25 June 2019 Health Secretary Matt Hancock also pulled out of the race after a weak showing. Christina Boyle,, "And then there were four: a primer on the race in Britain to succeed Theresa May," 19 June 2019 Even after a tremendous showing in spring training this year and a brilliant stretch during the first month of the season in the Triple-A rotation, Beede immediately struggled upon being promoted to the big leagues. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Tyler Beede’s financial gamble started eight-year journey to first win over Dodgers," 18 June 2019 After a poor showing in the Iowa primary, Huckabee tweeted his surrender. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders the Future of the Republican Party?," 17 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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a period when something is suspended

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