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 show show

noun

  • () the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining  ( show )
    the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
     a remarkable show of skill
    a remarkable show of skill
  • () something intended to communicate a particular impression  ( display, show )
    something intended to communicate a particular impression
     made a display of strength
    made a display of strength
     a show of impatience
    a show of impatience
     a good show of looking interested
    a good show of looking interested
  • pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression  ( appearance, show )
    pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
     they try to keep up appearances
    they try to keep up appearances
     that ceremony is just for show
    that ceremony is just for show
  • a social event involving a public performance or entertainment  ( show )
    a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
     they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway
    they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway
  • verb

  • () give an exhibition of to an interested audience  ( demo, exhibit, demonstrate, present, show )
    give an exhibition of to an interested audience
     She shows her dogs frequently
    She shows her dogs frequently
     We will demo the new software in Washington
    We will demo the new software in Washington
  • () establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment  ( shew, demonstrate, establish, prove, show )
    establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
     The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound
    The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound
     The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture
    The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture
  • () provide evidence for  ( bear witness, testify, evidence, prove, show )
    provide evidence for
     The blood test showed that he was the father
    The blood test showed that he was the father
     Her behavior testified to her incompetence
    Her behavior testified to her incompetence
  • () make visible or noticeable  ( show )
    make visible or noticeable
     She showed her talent for cooking
    She showed her talent for cooking
     Show me your etchings, please
    Show me your etchings, please
  • () show in, or as in, a picture  ( render, picture, depict, show )
    show in, or as in, a picture
     This scene depicts country life
    This scene depicts country life
     the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting
    the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting
  • () indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively  ( designate, show, point, indicate )
    indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
     I showed the customer the glove section
    I showed the customer the glove section
     He pointed to the empty parking space
    He pointed to the empty parking space
     he indicated his opponents
    he indicated his opponents
  • () give expression to  ( evince, show, express )
    give expression to
     She showed her disappointment
    She showed her disappointment
  • () be or become visible or noticeable  ( show up, show )
    be or become visible or noticeable
     His good upbringing really shows
    His good upbringing really shows
     The dirty side will show
    The dirty side will show
  • () indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments  ( register, read, record, show )
    indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
     The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero
    The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero
     The gauge read empty'
    The gauge read empty'
  • () give evidence of, as of records  ( show )
    give evidence of, as of records
     The diary shows his distress that evening
    The diary shows his distress that evening
  • () take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums  ( show, usher )
    take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums
     The usher showed us to our seats
    The usher showed us to our seats
  • finish third or better in a horse or dog race  ( show )
    finish third or better in a horse or dog race
     he bet $2 on number six to show
    he bet $2 on number six to show