- 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.
transitive verbshowed, shown or showed, show′ing
- 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 of showMiddle 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 centered around a particular activity or industry: a trade show
- 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
get the show on the road
show someone 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
show someone up
stand a show
steal the show
verbshowed, shown, or showed show·ing, shows
- a. To cause or allow to be seen; display: showed us his tattoo.b. To display for sale, in exhibition, or in competition: showed her most recent paintings.c. To permit access to (a house, for example) when offering for sale or rent.
- To conduct; guide: showed them to the table.
- To direct one's attention to; point out: showed them the city's historical sites.
- a. To make evident or reveal (an emotion or condition, for example): showed displeasure at his remark; a carpet that shows wear.b. To reveal (oneself) as in one's behavior or condition: The old boat showed itself to be seaworthy.c. 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.
- To be or become visible or evident: Concern showed in his face.
- 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: Which artist is showing in the gallery?
- 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 of showMiddle English sheuen, shouen from Old English scēawian to look at, display
(third-person singular simple present shows, present participle showing, simple past showed, past participle shown or showed)
- To display, to have somebody see (something).
- The car's dull finish showed years of neglect.
- All he had to show for four years of attendance at college was a framed piece of paper.
- To bestow; to confer.
- to show mercy; to show favour
- To indicate (a fact) to be true; to demonstrate.
- To guide or escort.
- Could you please show him on his way. He has overstayed his welcome.
- (intransitive) To be visible, to be seen.
- Your bald patch is starting to show.
- (intransitive, informal) To put in an appearance; show up.
- We waited for an hour, but they never showed.
- (intransitive, informal) To have an enlarged belly and thus be recognizable as pregnant.
- (intransitive, racing) To finish third, especially of horses or dogs.
- In the third race: Aces Up won, paying eight dollars; Blarney Stone placed, paying three dollars; and Cinnamon showed, paying five dollars.
In the past, shew was used as a past tense form and shewed as a past participle of this verb; both forms are now archaic.
- (countable) A play, dance, or other entertainment.
- (countable) An exhibition of items.
- art show; dog show
- (countable) A demonstration.
- show of force
- (countable) A broadcast program/programme.
- radio show; television show
- (countable) A movie.
- Let's catch a show.
- (uncountable) Mere display or pomp with no substance.
- The dog sounds ferocious but it's all show.
- A project or presentation.
- Let's get on with the show. Let's get this show on the road. They went on an international road show to sell the shares to investors. It was Apple's usual dog and pony show.
- (baseball, with “the”) The major leagues.
- He played AA ball for years, but never made it to the show.
- John Milton
- He through the midst unmarked, / In show plebeian angel militant / Of lowest order, passed.
- (medicine) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occurring a short time before labor.
From Middle English schewen, schawen, scheawen, from Old English scēawian (“to look, look at, observe, gaze, behold, see, look on with favor, look favorably on, regard, have respect for, look at with care, consider, inspect, examine, scrutinize, reconnoiter, look out, look for, seek for, select, choose, provide, show (favor, respect, etc.), exhibit, display, grant, decree”), from Proto-Germanic *skauwōną, *skawwōną (“to look, see”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱou-, *(s)ḱeu- (“to heed, look, feel, take note of”); see haw, caveo, caution. Cognate with Scots shaw (“to show”), Eastern Frisian scoe (“to look, behold”), Dutch schouwen (“to inspect, view”), German schauen (“to see, behold”), Danish skue (“to behold”), Icelandic skygna (“to spy, behold, see”). Related to sheen.