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Meaning & Definition of Show in English

English

Show

/ʃoʊ/

noun

1. The act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining

  • "A remarkable show of skill"
    synonym:
  • show

2. Something intended to communicate a particular impression

  • "Made a display of strength"
  • "A show of impatience"
  • "A good show of looking interested"
    synonym:
  • display
  • ,
  • show

3. A social event involving a public performance or entertainment

  • "They wanted to see some of the shows on broadway"
    synonym:
  • show

4. Pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression

  • "They try to keep up appearances"
  • "That ceremony is just for show"
    synonym:
  • appearance
  • ,
  • show

verb

1. Give an exhibition of to an interested audience

  • "She shows her dogs frequently"
  • "We will demo the new software in washington"
    synonym:
  • show
  • ,
  • demo
  • ,
  • exhibit
  • ,
  • present
  • ,
  • demonstrate

2. Establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

  • "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"
  • "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
    synonym:
  • prove
  • ,
  • demonstrate
  • ,
  • establish
  • ,
  • show
  • ,
  • shew

3. Provide evidence for

  • "The blood test showed that he was the father"
  • "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
    synonym:
  • testify
  • ,
  • bear witness
  • ,
  • prove
  • ,
  • evidence
  • ,
  • show

4. Make visible or noticeable

  • "She showed her talent for cooking"
  • "Show me your etchings, please"
    synonym:
  • show

5. Show in, or as in, a picture

  • "This scene depicts country life"
  • "The face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting"
    synonym:
  • picture
  • ,
  • depict
  • ,
  • render
  • ,
  • show

6. Give expression to

  • "She showed her disappointment"
    synonym:
  • express
  • ,
  • show
  • ,
  • evince

7. Indicate a place, direction, person, or thing

  • Either spatially or figuratively
  • "I showed the customer the glove section"
  • "He pointed to the empty parking space"
  • "He indicated his opponents"
    synonym:
  • indicate
  • ,
  • point
  • ,
  • designate
  • ,
  • show

8. Be or become visible or noticeable

  • "His good upbringing really shows"
  • "The dirty side will show"
    synonym:
  • show
  • ,
  • show up

9. Indicate a certain reading

  • Of gauges and instruments
  • "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"
  • "The gauge read `empty'"
    synonym:
  • read
  • ,
  • register
  • ,
  • show
  • ,
  • record

10. Give evidence of, as of records

  • "The diary shows his distress that evening"
    synonym:
  • show

11. Take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums

  • "The usher showed us to our seats"
    synonym:
  • usher
  • ,
  • show

12. Finish third or better in a horse or dog race

  • "He bet $2 on number six to show"
    synonym:
  • show

Examples of using

Have you seen Tom's TV show, "Tom and Friends"?
At the border, I was asked to show my passport.
I want to show you something in my office.