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 Forward Candice Dupree scored 23 points, guard Kelsey Mitchell added 18 and center Teaira McCowan had a strong showing after playing just 13 minutes in the opener, with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Balanced Indiana Fever get first win of season, hold off Phoenix Mercury," 30 July 2020 Focus on your finances during the next few days while you are inspired to make a good showing. oregonlive, "Horoscope for July 12, 2020: Happy birthday Rachel Brosnahan; Libra, make your fondest dreams come true," 12 July 2020 Black turnout for Hillary Clinton lagged, despite her strong showing with African American voters in that year’s Democratic primaries, while rural and working-class white people came out for Trump in big numbers. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump balances defense of Confederate symbols with unrelenting attack on Biden race record," 10 July 2020 The Dow Jones industrial average gained 1 percent to 26,075, with Walmart standing out as the top performer in its best weekly showing since 2017. Washington Post, "Technology, health care shares lead equities to weekly gain," 10 July 2020 India also had a strong showing in this year’s awards, with both the Taj Palace and the Leela Palace New Delhi ranking, at No. 13 and No. 2 respectively. John Wogan, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 15 Asia City Hotels," 8 July 2020 In early spring, Detroit had a very respectable showing among big cities, Kovari said. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit struggles while two tiny suburbs are nationwide census leaders," 29 June 2020 To schedule a showing, call Mark Galanos at 214-448-8223. Dallas News, "Alford Homes readies Southern-style residence," 21 June 2020 The state says that most who apply are able to make such a showing. Robert Barnes,, "Supreme Court passes up challenges from gun groups on laws they say violate Second Amendment," 15 June 2020

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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 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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