show

verb
\ ˈshō How to pronounce show (audio) \
showed\ ˈshōd How to pronounce showed (audio) \; shown\ ˈshōn How to pronounce shown (audio) \ or showed; showing

Definition of show

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause or permit to be seen : exhibit showed pictures of the baby
2 : to offer for sale stores were showing new spring suits
3 : to present as a public spectacle : perform
4 : to reveal by one's condition, nature, or behavior showed themselves to be cowards
5 : to give indication or record of an anemometer shows wind speed
6a : to point out : direct attention to showed the view from the terrace
b : conduct, usher showed me to an aisle seat
7 : accord, bestow shows them no mercy
8a : to set forth : declare
b : allege, plead used especially in lawshow cause
9a : to demonstrate or establish by argument or reasoning show a plan to be faulty
b : inform, instruct showed me how to solve the problem
10 : to present (an animal) for judging in a show

intransitive verb

1a : to be or come in view 3:15 showed on the clock
b : to put in an appearance failed to show
2a : to appear in a particular way anger showed in their faces
3a : to give a theatrical performance
b : to be staged or presented
4a : to appear as a contestant
b : to present an animal in a show
5 : to finish third or at least third (as in a horse race)
6 : to exhibit one's artistic work
show one's hand or less commonly show one's cards
1 : to display one's cards faceup
2 : to declare one's intentions or reveal one's resources
show one the door
: to tell someone to get out also : fire sense 2b

show

noun, often attributive

Definition of show (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a demonstrative display a show of strength
2a archaic : outward appearance
b : a false semblance : pretense made a show of friendship
c : a more or less true appearance of something : sign
d : an impressive display his role as househusband … was purely for show— John Lahr
3 : chance sense 2 gave him a show in spite of his background
4 : something exhibited especially for wonder or ridicule : spectacle
5a : a large display or exhibition arranged to arouse interest or stimulate sales the national auto show
b : a competitive exhibition of animals (such as dogs) to demonstrate quality in breeding
6a : a theatrical presentation
b : a regularly distributed program (as on radio, television, or the Internet) She likes to watch "Unwrapped," a Food Network show that goes behind the scenes in the food industry.— Ashley Barron A month ago, the only podcast was "Trade Secrets," a daily news and technology talk show co-hosted by podcasting's pioneers: former MTV VJ Adam Curry and software developer Dave Winer.— Wayne Glowka et al. also : a single episode of such a program I've got time to watch one more show. — Michael Schneider
7 : enterprise, affair they ran the whole show
8 : third place at the finish (as of a horse race)
9 often capitalized : the major leagues in baseball used with the

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Other Words from show

Verb

showable \ ˈshō-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce showable (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for show

Verb

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine. showed her snapshots to the whole group exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly. exhibit paintings at a gallery display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage. display sale items expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying. sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying. parading their piety for all to see flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading. nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent. show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words. careful not to show his true feelings manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation. manifested musical ability at an early age evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something. a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs. evinced not the slightest fear demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling. demonstrated their approval by loud applause

Verb

show, exhibit, and parade mean to present something so that it will attract attention. show is used of letting another see or examine. Show me a picture of your family. exhibit is used of putting something out for public viewing. The children exhibited their drawings at the fair. parade is used of making a great show of something. Look at them parading their new bikes.

Examples of show in a Sentence

Verb You have to show your tickets at the gate. You're the only person that I've shown this letter to. They showed the theory to be faulty. You will have to show me how to play the game. He showed them a card trick. Definitions tell you the meanings of words; examples show you how the words are used. Noun She was the star of the show. The band always puts on a good show. a show of his early paintings
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But a review of federal project ratings shows that similar funding issues haven’t been counted against transit projects elsewhere. Washington Post, "Why a Rail Tunnel Under the Hudson River Is Stuck in Washington," 18 Sep. 2019 Testing showed that all three contained synthetic marijuana. Author: Holbrook Mohr, Anchorage Daily News, "State authorities concerned by street drug in some CBD vapes," 17 Sep. 2019 However, an evaluation done in June 2012 showed the girl was 11, the documents state. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Parenting Author & Husband Accused of Changing Daughter's Age from 8 to 22, Moving Countries Without Her," 17 Sep. 2019 Another portion of the video shows her grabbing potted plants and putting them into the back seat of a car that investigators think might be a white Lexus sedan. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Front lawn larceny: Surveillance video shows woman stealing plants, yard decorations," 17 Sep. 2019 The webcams at nearby Mt. Rose showed snow amid the trees at its Main Lodge, which stands at 8,260 feet. Los Angeles Times, "Snow in summer? Lake Tahoe area gets early blast of winter," 17 Sep. 2019 For starters, Larry showed no concern for Tim or his family. oregonlive, "Larry Hurwitz, the ‘Starry Night Murder,’ and a life of crime: Reporter Jim Redden on his years tracking a killer," 17 Sep. 2019 Now, three straight wins shows this is a dangerous team. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "Birmingham HS picks: Who wins Mountain Brook at Vestavia Hills showdown in Class 7A?," 17 Sep. 2019 Country singer Lauren Alaina, a very likable performer, showed a sultry side on her cha-cha with Gleb Savchenko. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Dancing With the Stars’: James Van Der Beek supplies hope," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The West Coast shows will take place on July 25 and 26 at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium, and the East Coast dates will go down on July 31 and Aug. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Taylor Swift Prepares to Take Lover on the Road as She Announces 2020 Festival and Stadium Dates," 17 Sep. 2019 Larry was counterfeiting tickets to shows booked by other promoters. oregonlive, "Larry Hurwitz, the ‘Starry Night Murder,’ and a life of crime: Reporter Jim Redden on his years tracking a killer," 17 Sep. 2019 For those who just can’t get enough of the Granthams and Co., Airbnb is getting in on the action by offering a unique opportunity to stay where the show was filmed at Highclere Castle. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Live Like Lady Mary Crawley with a One-Night Stay at Downton Abbey," 17 Sep. 2019 The show will be helmed by Sam Esmail, who is best known as the creator of Mr. Robot. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Oh, frak: There’s another Battlestar Galactica reboot coming," 17 Sep. 2019 The show airs weekdays at noon on Facebook and OrlandoSentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel Podcasts, orlandosentinel.com, "#OSNow PODCAST: Sears pulling out of local malls, UCF students and football access complaints, and Orlando flying legend Joe Kittinger (Ep. 267)," 17 Sep. 2019 Tickets are $10 each at the door for all three shows. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Clements Theatre explores who is actually being tamed in Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’," 16 Sep. 2019 In 2003, Gronvall left the show in a round of layoffs. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Andrea Gronvall, producer for Siskel and Ebert who wrote about movies for the Chicago Reader, dies at 67," 16 Sep. 2019 According to the official Netflix description of the series, the show even features some romance and has one student looking for love. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Daybreak" Releases First Trailer for the Apocalyptic High School Drama," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of show

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for show

Verb

Middle English shewen, showen, from Old English scēawian to look, look at, see; akin to Old High German scouwōn to look, look at, and probably to Latin cavēre to be on one's guard

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More Definitions for show

show

verb
How to pronounce show (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of show

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause or allow (something) to be seen
: to give information that proves (something)
: to teach (someone) how to do or use something especially by letting that person see you do or use it

show

noun

English Language Learners Definition of show (Entry 2 of 2)

: a performance in a theater that usually includes singing and dancing
: a public performance that is intended to entertain people
: a television or radio program

show

verb
\ ˈshō How to pronounce show (audio) \
showed; shown\ ˈshōn \ or showed; showing

Kids Definition of show

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to place in sight : display She showed everyone her pictures.
2 : reveal sense 2 They showed themselves to be cowards.
3 : to make known They showed their support.
4 : to give as appropriate treatment Show them no mercy. Show some respect.
5 : teach sense 1, instruct She showed him how to solve the problem.
6 : prove sense 1 That shows we're right.
7 : to lead to a place : direct I showed them to the door.
8 : to point out to Show me where it hurts.
9 : to be easily seen or noticed The stain hardly shows. Determination showed in her face.
show off
: to make an obvious display of a person's own abilities or possessions in order to impress others
show up
: appear sense 2 He didn't show up for work today.

show

noun

Kids Definition of show (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a public performance intended to entertain people a puppet show a musical show
2 : a television or radio program
3 : an event at which things of the same kind are put on display a fashion show
4 : a display to make known a feeling or quality a show of strength She answered with some show of alarm.
5 : an appearance meant to deceive He made a great show of friendship.

show

noun
\ ˈshō How to pronounce show (audio) \

Medical Definition of show

1 : a discharge of mucus streaked with blood from the vagina at the onset of labor
2 : the first appearance of blood in a menstrual period

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showed; shown or showed; showing

Legal Definition of show

: to demonstrate or establish by argument, reasoning, or evidence must show a compelling need for the court action
show cause
: to establish by reasoning and evidence a valid reason for something if a debtor wishes to extend a plan beyond three years, he must show cause— J. H. Williamson must show cause why the petition may not be granted

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