show [shō]
showed, shown or showed, showing [ME schewen < OE sceawian, akin to Ger schauen, to look at < IE base * (s)keu-, to notice, heed > L cavere, to beware, OE hieran, to HEAR]
1. to bring or put in sight or view; cause or allow to appear or be seen; make visible; exhibit; display
a) to enter (animals, flowers, etc.) in a competitive show
b) to exhibit (paintings, sculpture, etc.), as in a gallery
3. to guide; conduct [to show a guest to a room]
4. to direct to another's attention; point out [to show the sights to visitors]
5. to reveal, manifest, or make evident (an emotion, condition, quality, etc.) by behavior or outward sign
6. to exhibit or manifest (oneself or itself) in a given character, condition, etc. [to show oneself to be reliable]
7. to open (a house, apartment, etc.) to prospective buyers or renters
8. to make evident by logical procedure; explain or prove [to show that something is right]
9. to make clear by going through a procedure; demonstrate [to show how to tie a bowknot]
10. to register; indicate [a clock shows the time]
11. to grant or bestow (favor, kindness, mercy, etc.)
12. Law to allege; plead [to show cause]
1. to be or become seen or visible; appear
a) to be apparent or noticeable [a scratch that hardly shows]
b) to be visibly pregnant [five months pregnant and still not showing]
3. to have a given appearance; appear [to show to good effect ]
4. to finish third or better in a horse race or dog race
5. Informal to come or arrive as expected; make an appearance
6. Theater to give a performance; appear
1. a showing, demonstration, or manifestation [a show of passion]
2. a display or appearance, specif. a colorful or striking one
3. spectacular, pompous display; ostentation
4. an indication of the presence of metal, coal, oil, etc. in the earth; trace
5. something false or superficial; semblance; pretense [sorrow that was mere show]
6. a person or thing looked upon as peculiar, ridiculous, laughable, etc.; spectacle; sight
7. a public display or exhibition, as of art, animals, flowers, automobiles, etc.
8. a presentation of entertainment, as a theatrical production, TV program, film, etc.
9. third position at the finish of a horse race or dog race
10. Informal any undertaking, matter, or affair
of or having to do with a SHOW (n. 7 or 8), specif. a Broadway or Hollywood musical [a medley of show tunes]
for show
in order to attract notice or attention
good show!
Chiefly Brit. an exclamation of appreciation and congratulations on another's accomplishment
put the show on the road or get the show on the road
Slang to set things in operation; start an activity, venture, etc.
show in or show out
to usher into (or out of) a given place
show off
1. to make a display of; exhibit in a showy manner
2. to behave in a manner intended to attract attention
show up
1. to bring or come to light; expose or be exposed, as faults
2. to be clearly seen; stand out
3. to come; arrive; make an appearance
4. Informal to surpass in intelligence, performance, etc.
☆ stand a show or have a show
Informal to have a chance, esp. a remote one
steal the show
to become the main focus of attention, plaudits, etc., esp. if in a subordinate role or position
SYN.- SHOW implies a putting or bringing something into view so that it can be seen or looked at [show us the garden ]; to DISPLAY something is to spread it out so that it is shown to advantage [jewelry displayed on a sales counter ]; EXHIBIT implies prominent display, often for the purpose of attracting public attention or inspection [to exhibit products at a fair ]; EXPOSE implies the laying open and displaying of something that has been covered or concealed [this bathing suit exposes the scar ]; FLAUNT implies an ostentatious, impudent, or defiant display [to flaunt one's riches, vices, etc. ]

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