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 In the 2019 elections that saw Ramaphosa elected, the ANC won less than 60 percent of parliamentary seats, its worst showing ever. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 With the opening tip in Japan less than two weeks away, Team USA has now lost four of its last five games dating back to the 2019 World Cup, when their seventh-place finish was their worst showing ever in a major international tournament. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 13 July 2021 Per a statement, the portrait will debut in a free exhibition at London’s National Gallery on January 25, 2022—exactly a century after its last showing in the same building—and remain on view through May 3. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 July 2021 In the class of 2021, the Ducks finished with the nation’s No. 6 class, its all-time best showing. oregonlive, 8 July 2021 His best showing in Pac-12 play was a 19-point effort against Oregon State. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2021 His second point is that Harris is a better politician than she is given credit for, a gap in perception created by her poor showing in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 Likud won just 12 seats in Parliament in 2006, its worst showing in half a century. New York Times, 13 June 2021 Amazingly, The Mitchells vs. The Machines continued its incredible showing on Netflix and added an additional 44 points to its score over last week. Travis Bean, Forbes, 5 June 2021

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First Known Use of showing

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

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“Showing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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