verb (used with object), showed, shown or showed, showing.
to cause or allow to be seen; exhibit; display.
to present or perform as a public entertainment or spectacle:
to show a movie.
to indicate; point out:
to show the way.
to guide, escort, or usher:
He showed me to my room. Show her in.
to explain or make clear; make known:
He showed what he meant.
to make known to; inform, instruct, or prove to:
I’ll show you what I mean.
to prove; demonstrate:
His experiment showed the falsity of the theory.
to indicate, register, or mark:
The thermometer showed 10 below zero.
to exhibit or offer for sale:
to show a house.
to allege, as in a legal document; plead, as a reason or cause.
to produce, as facts in an affidavit or at a hearing.
to express or make evident by appearance, behavior, speech, etc.:
to show one’s feelings.
to accord or grant (favor, kindness, etc.):
He showed mercy in his decision.
verb (used without object), showed, shown or showed, showing.
to be seen; be or become visible:
Does my slip show?
to be seen in a certain way:
to show to advantage.
to put on an exhibition or performance; display one’s goods or products:
Several dress designers are showing in New York now.
Informal. to be present or keep an appointment; show up:
He said he would be there, but he didn’t show.
to finish third in a horse race, harness race, etc.
a theatrical production, performance, or company.
a radio or television program.
a motion picture.
an exposition for dealers or the public of products by various manufacturers in a particular industry, usually held in an exhibition hall, convention facility, or the like:
the annual boat show.
any kind of public exhibition or exposition:
a show of Renoirs.
nothing but mere show.
a display, exhibition, or demonstration:
a true show of freedom.
an indication; trace:
He frowned on the slightest show of emotion.
the position of the competitor who comes in third in a horse race, harness race, etc.
Compare place (def 27b), win1 (def 17).
to make a sorry show.
a sight or spectacle.
an unreal or deceptive appearance:
The actress’s tears had the show of grief.
an act or instance of showing.
a motion-picture theater.
Informal. a chance:
to get a fair show.
the first appearance of blood at the onset of menstruation.
a blood-tinged mucous discharge from the vagina that indicates the onset of labor.
Chiefly British Informal. any undertaking, group of persons, event, etc.; affair; thing.
to display ostentatiously:
The parade was designed to show off all the latest weapons of war.
to seek to gain attention by displaying prominently one’s abilities or accomplishments.
to make known, as faults; expose; reveal.
to exhibit in a certain way; appear:
White shows up well against a blue background.
to come to or arrive at a place:
We waited for two hours, but he didn’t show up.
to make (another) seem inferior; outdo.
make a show of, to be ostentatious about; affect:
Whenever there are visitors, the bosses make a show of being nice to their employees.
run the show, to control a business, situation, etc.; be in charge:
My father runs the show in our house.
steal the show,
to usurp the credit or get the applause for something:
That woman can act, but the child stole the show. He did all the work, but his partner stole the show.
to be the most pleasing or spectacular item or person in a group.
stop the show, to win such enthusiastic applause that a theatrical performance is temporarily interrupted.
verb shows, showing, showed, shown, showed
to make, be, or become visible or noticeable: to show one’s dislike
(transitive) to present to view; exhibit: he showed me a picture
(transitive) to indicate or explain; prove: to show that the earth moves round the sun
(transitive) to exhibit or present (oneself or itself) in a specific character: to show oneself to be trustworthy
(transitive; foll by how and an infinitive) to instruct by demonstration: show me how to swim
(transitive) to indicate or register: a barometer shows changes in the weather
(transitive) to grant or bestow: to show favour to someone
(intransitive) to appear: to show to advantage
to exhibit, display, or offer (goods, etc) for sale: three artists were showing at the gallery
(transitive) to allege, as in a legal document: to show cause
to present (a play, film, etc) or (of a play, etc) to be presented, as at a theatre or cinema
(transitive) to guide or escort: please show me to my room
show in, to conduct a person into a room or building by opening the door for him
show out, to conduct a person out of a room or building by opening the door for him
(intransitive) to win a place in a horse race, etc
to give a performance of riding and handling (a horse) to display its best points
(intransitive) (informal) to put in an appearance; arrive
a display or exhibition
a public spectacle
an ostentatious or pretentious display
a theatrical or other entertainment
a trace or indication
(obstetrics) a discharge of blood at the onset of labour
(US & Austral, NZ, informal) a chance; opportunity (esp in the phrases give someone a show, he’s got no show of winning, etc)
a sporting event consisting of contests in which riders perform different exercises to show their skill and their horses’ ability and breeding
(slang, mainly Brit) a thing or affair (esp in the phrases good show, bad show, etc)
(Austral & NZ, mining) a slight indication of the presence of gold
a display of farm animals, with associated competitions
for show, in order to attract attention
(informal) run the show, to take charge of or manage an affair, business, etc
steal the show, to draw the most attention or admiration, esp unexpectedly
(informal) stop the show
(of a stage act, etc) to receive so much applause as to interrupt the performance
to be received with great enthusiasm
The first discharge of blood in menstruation.
The discharge of bloody mucus from the vagina indicating the start of labor.
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noun a musical group that is entertaining and theatrical
noun 1. an advertising poster. 2. a list of attractions, as for a new theatrical season; roster. noun 1. a poster advertising a play or show Also called show card
noun, Informal. 1. show business. show