show Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
- a remarkable show of skill
noun something intended to communicate a particular impression
- made a display of strength
- a show of impatience
- a good show of looking interested
noun a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
- they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway
noun 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
verb give an exhibition of to an interested audience
exhibit; demo; demonstrate; present.
- She shows her dogs frequently
- We will demo the new software in Washington
verb establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
shew; demonstrate; establish; prove.
- The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound
- The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture
verb provide evidence for
evidence; testify; bear witness; prove.
- The blood test showed that he was the father
- Her behavior testified to her incompetence
verb make visible or noticeable
- She showed her talent for cooking
- Show me your etchings, please
verb show in, or as in, a picture
picture; depict; render.
- This scene depicts country life
- the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting
verb give expression to
- She showed her disappointment
verb indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
indicate; designate; point.
- I showed the customer the glove section
- He pointed to the empty parking space
- he indicated his opponents
verb be or become visible or noticeable
- His good upbringing really shows
- The dirty side will show
verb indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
read; record; register.
- The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero
- The gauge read `empty'
verb give evidence of, as of records
- The diary shows his distress that evening
verb take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums
- The usher showed us to our seats
verb finish third or better in a horse or dog race
- he bet $2 on number six to show
Show transitive verb
To exhibit or present to view; to place in sight; to display; -- the thing exhibited being the object, and often with an indirect object denoting the person or thing seeing or beholding; as, to showa house; showyour colors; shopkeepers showcustomers goods (show goods to customers).
Go thy way, shew thyself to the priest. Matt. viii. 4.
Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise Magnificence; and what can heaven show more? Milton.
To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known; as, to. showone's designs
Shew them the way wherein they must walk. Ex. xviii. 20.
If it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away. 1 Sam. xx. 13.
Specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence, to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct; as, to. showa person into a parlor; to showone to the door
To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to evince; as, to. showthe truth of a statement; to showthe causes of an event
I 'll show my duty by my timely care. Dryden.
To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to. showfavor
Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me. Ex. xx. 6.
Show intransitive verb
To exhibit or manifest one's self or itself; to appear; to look; to be in appearance; to seem.
Just such she shows before a rising storm. Dryden.
All round a hedge upshoots, and shows At distance like a little wood. Tennyson.
To have a certain appearance, as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear.
My lord of York, it better showed with you. Shak.
EtymologyFormerly written also
The act of showing, or bringing to view; exposure to sight; exhibition.
That which os shown, or brought to view; that which is arranged to be seen; a spectacle; an exhibition; as, a traveling. show; a cattle show
As for triumphs, masks, feasts, and such shows. Bacon.
Proud or ostentatious display; parade; pomp.
I envy none their pageantry and show. Young.
Semblance; likeness; appearance.
He through the midst unmarked, In show plebeian angel militant Of lowest order, passed. Milton.
False semblance; deceitful appearance; pretense.
Beware of the scribes, . . . which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers. Luke xx. 46. 47.
(Med.) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occuring a short time before labor.
(Mining) A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of fire damp.Raymond.
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