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show

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of show

  1. 1 an outward and often exaggerated indication of something abstract (as a feeling) for effect the children made a show of disgust when confronted with asparagus Synonyms of show demonstration, display, exhibition, flaunting Words Related to show act, charade, facade (also façade), front, guise, pretense (or pretence), put-on, semblance, simulation; affectation, pose, sham; betrayal, disclosure

  2. 2 a display of emotion or behavior that is insincere or intended to deceive her “concern” for the less fortunate is all just a big show Synonyms of show act, airs, charade, disguise, facade (also façade), front, guise, playacting, pose, pretense (or pretence), put-on, semblance, masqueradeWords Related to show impersonation, performance, portrayal; image, persona; appearance, color, gloss; camouflage, cloak; affectation, deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation, double-dealing, duplicity, fakery, fraud, guile; betrayal, double cross, faithlessness, falseness, falsity, infidelity, perfidy, treachery, treason, unfaithfulness; excuse, pretextNear Antonyms of show bluntness, candidness, candor, directness, forthrightness, frankness, openheartedness, outspokenness, plainspokenness, sincerity, straightforwardness; artlessness, genuineness, naïveté (also naivete or naiveté)

  3. 3 outward and often deceptive indication a false show of strength that fooled the enemy Synonyms of show face, guise, name, outward, seeming, semblance, appearanceWords Related to show air, effect, impression; hint, implication, insinuation, resemblance, suggestion; affectation, demonstration, display, fiction, image, imitation, imposture, likeness, make-believe (also make-belief), pose, pretense (or pretence), representation, simulation; cloak, disguise, exterior, facade (also façade), front, gloss, mask, masquerade, patina, Potemkin village, shape, shell, surface, veneer

  4. 4 a public showing of objects of interest a boat show at the convention center Synonyms of show display, exhibit, expo, exposition, fair, exhibitionWords Related to show demonstration, performance, presentation, production; extravaganza, pageant, spectacle; auction, offering, presentment, sale


show

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of show

  1. 1 to present so as to invite notice or attention fishing for compliments, the neighbors showed their new SUV to everyone on the block Synonyms of show display, disport, exhibit, expose, flash, flaunt, lay out, parade, produce, show off, sport, strut, unveil Words Related to show brandish, flourish, wave; advertise, air, announce, blaze, broadcast, herald, placard, post, proclaim, publicize, sound, trumpet; divulge, talk (about), tell (of); bare, discover, reveal, uncloak, uncover, unmask Near Antonyms of show camouflage, disguise, mask; conceal, cover, curtain, enshroud, hide, obscure, occlude, occult, shroud, veil

  2. 2 to make known (something abstract) through outward signs the actor's expressive face shows his every thought and emotion clearly Synonyms of show bespeak, betray, communicate, declare, demonstrate, display, evince, expose, give away, manifest, reveal Words Related to show bare, disclose, unbosom, uncloak, uncover; advertise, air, announce, blaze, broadcast, placard, proclaim, publicize, sound, trumpet; project Near Antonyms of show belie, misrepresent; distort, falsify, garble, twist; camouflage, disguise; gild, gloss (over), varnish, whitewash; conceal, counterfeit, cover, hide, mask, obscure, occlude, veil

  3. 3 to gain full recognition or acceptance of that shows we're right Synonyms of show demonstrate, prove, establish, substantiateWords Related to show attest, authenticate, bear out, document, evidence, support, sustain, uphold; confirm, corroborate, justify, validate, verifyNear Antonyms of show confute, discredit, invalidate, rebut, refuteAntonyms of show disprove

  4. 4 to give advice and instruction to (someone) regarding the course or process to be followed showed me how to play the guitar Synonyms of show coach, counsel, lead, mentor, pilot, shepherd, guide, tutorWords Related to show godfather; direct, engineer, steer, sway; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see, squire; oversee, superintend, supervise; drill, train; brief, enlighten, inform; instruct, school, teach, tutor; inculcate, indoctrinate; cultivate, foster, nurture

  5. 5 to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front showed them the way to get home Synonyms of show conduct, direct, guide, marshal (also marshall), pilot, route, lead, steer, usherWords Related to show precede; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see; control, manageNear Antonyms of show dog, hound, shadow, tail, tailgateAntonyms of show follow, trail

  6. 6 to come into view another car showed just as we were thinking we'd have the whole place to ourselves Synonyms of show come out, materialize, appear, show up, turn up, unfoldWords Related to show reappear, resurface; bulk, loom; arrive, come; dawn, debut; arise, blossom, bob (up), break, break out, crop (up), emerge, erupt, issue, outcrop, rise, shoot (up), spring (up), surface; happen, occur; reappear, rematerializeNear Antonyms of show depart, leave, retire, withdrawAntonyms of show clear, disappear, dissolve, evanesce, evaporate, fade, go (away), melt (away), vanish

Synonym Discussion of show

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

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