- Show describes something related to a performance.
An example of show is a ticket that admits you into a Broadway performance; a show ticket.
- The definition of a show is a demonstration, display, or performance.
- An example of a show is a someone presenting how a new kitchen gadget works.
- An example of a show is a display of an artist's work in a gallery.
- An example of a show is a concert.
- Show is defined as to bring into view, teach, or display.
- An example of show is bringing a present from behind your back to give to someone.
- An example of show is teaching someone how to use Microsoft Word.
- An example of show is displaying your prize orchids at the state fair.
- to bring or put in sight or view; cause or allow to appear or be seen; make visible; exhibit; display
- to enter (animals, flowers, etc.) in a competitive show
- to exhibit (paintings, sculpture, etc.), as in a gallery
- to guide; conduct: to show a guest to a room
- to direct to another's attention; point out: to show the sights to visitors
- to reveal, manifest, or make evident (an emotion, condition, quality, etc.) by behavior or outward sign
- to exhibit or manifest (oneself or itself) in a given character, condition, etc.: to show oneself to be reliable
- to open (a house, apartment, etc.) to prospective buyers or renters
- to make evident by logical procedure; explain or prove: to show that something is right
- to make clear by going through a procedure; demonstrate: to show how to tie a bowknot
- to register; indicate: a clock shows the time
- to grant or bestow (favor, kindness, mercy, etc.)
- Law to allege; plead: to show cause
Origin: Middle English schewen from Old English sceawian, akin to German schauen, to look at from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)keu-, to notice, heed from source Classical Latin cavere, to beware, Old English hieran, to hear
- to be or become seen or visible; appear
- to be apparent or noticeable: a scratch that hardly shows
- to be visibly pregnant: five months pregnant and still not showing
- to have a given appearance; appear: to show to good effect
- ☆ to finish third or better in a horse race or dog race
- Informal to come or arrive as expected; make an appearance
- Theater to give a performance; appear
- a showing, demonstration, or manifestation: a show of passion
- a display or appearance, specif. a colorful or striking one
- spectacular, pompous display; ostentation
- an indication of the presence of metal, coal, oil, etc. in the earth; trace
- something false or superficial; semblance; pretense: sorrow that was mere show
- a person or thing looked upon as peculiar, ridiculous, laughable, etc.; spectacle; sight
- a public display or exhibition, as of art, animals, flowers, automobiles, etc.
- a presentation of entertainment, as a theatrical production, TV program, film, etc.
- ☆ third position at the finish of a horse race or dog race
- Informal any undertaking, matter, or affair
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verb showed showed, shown shown or showed, show·ing, shows verb, transitive
- a. To cause or allow to be seen; display.b. To display for sale, in exhibition, or in competition: showed her most recent paintings.
- To conduct; guide: showed them to the table.
- To direct one's attention to; point out: show them the biggest squash in the garden.
- To manifest (an emotion or condition, for example); reveal: showed displeasure at his remark; a carpet that shows wear.
- To permit access to (a house, for example) when offering for sale or rent.
- To reveal (oneself) as in one's behavior or condition: The old boat showed itself to be seaworthy.
- To indicate; register: The altimeter showed that the plane was descending.
- a. To demonstrate by reasoning or procedure: showed that the hypothesis was wrong; a film that showed how to tune a piano.b. To demonstrate to by reasoning or procedure; inform or prove to: showed him how to fix the camera; showed her that it could really happen.
- To grant; bestow: showed no mercy to the traitors.
- Law To plead; allege: show cause.
- To be or become visible or evident.
- Slang To make an appearance; show up: didn't show for her appointment.
- a. To be exhibited publicly: What's showing at the movie theater tonight?b. To give a performance or present an exhibition.
- Sports To finish third or better in a horserace or dog race.
- A display; a manifestation: made a show of strength.
- a. A trace or indication, as of oil in a well.b. The discharge of bloody mucus from the vagina indicating the start of labor.c. The first discharge of blood in menstruation.
- A false appearance; a pretense: only a show of kindness.
- a. A striking appearance or display; a spectacle.b. A pompous or ostentatious display.
- Display or outward appearance: This antique tea service is just for show. His smile was for show.
- a. A public exhibition or entertainment.b. An exposition for the display or demonstration of commercial products: an auto show.c. A usually competitive exhibition of domestic animals: won first place at the cat show.
- a. A radio or television program.b. A movie.c. A theatrical troupe or company.
- Informal An affair or undertaking: ran the whole show.
- Sports Third place at the finish, as in a horserace.
Origin: Middle English sheuen, shouen, from Old English scēawian, to look at, display.
show - Medical Definition
- The first discharge of blood in menstruation.
- The discharge of bloody mucus from the vagina indicating the start of labor.
show - Phrases/Idioms
put the show on the roador get the show on the road
show in (or out)
- to make a display of; exhibit in a showy manner
- to behave in a manner intended to attract attention
- to bring or come to light; expose or be exposed, as faults
- to be clearly seen; stand out
- to come; arrive; make an appearance
- Informal to surpass in intelligence, performance, etc.
stand a showor have a showâ
steal the show
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get the show on the road
show (one's) hand
- To display one's cards with faces up.
- To state one's intentions or reveal one's resources, especially when previously hidden.
show (one's) heels
show (someone) a good time