Definitions for showʃoʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

showʃoʊ(v.)showed, shown; showed, show•ing

  1. (v.t.)to cause or allow to be seen; exhibit; display.

  2. to present or perform as a public entertainment or spectacle:

    to show a movie.

    Category: Showbiz

  3. to indicate; point out:

    to show the way.

  4. to guide; escort:

    Show her in.

  5. to make known; explain :

    He showed what he meant.

  6. to reveal; demonstrate:

    Your work shows promise.

  7. to register; mark:

    The thermometer showed 10 below zero.

  8. to exhibit or offer for sale:

    to show a house.

  9. to allege, as in a legal document:

    to show cause.

  10. to produce, as facts in an affidavit or at a hearing.

  11. to offer; grant:

    to show mercy.

  12. (v.i.)to be or become visible:

    Does my slip show?

  13. to be manifested in a certain way:

    to show to advantage.

  14. to put on an exhibition or performance:

    Several designers are showing now.

  15. to make an appearance; show up.

  16. to finish third, as in a horse race.

  17. show off, to display to advantage: to present for admiration or approval: to seek attention by ostentatious or insistent display of one's talent, possessions, achievements, etc.

    The gold frame shows off the picture beautifully.

    young parents showing off their new baby.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  18. show up, to make known; reveal: to appear as specified; be seen: to come to or arrive at a place. to make (another) seem inferior; outdo.

    It showed up the flaws in the plan.

    White shows up well against the blue.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  19. (n.)a theatrical production, performance, or company.

    Category: Showbiz

  20. a radio or television program.

    Category: Showbiz

  21. a motion picture.

    Category: Showbiz

  22. an exposition of products by various manufacturers in a particular industry.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  23. exhibition:

    a show of Renoirs.

  24. ostentatious display:

    all show and no substance.

  25. a display or demonstration:

    a show of courage.

  26. the position of the competitor who comes in third, as in a horse race.

    Category: Sport

    Ref: Compare place (def. 24b), 27 2 win (def. 15). 1 17

  27. appearance; impression:

    to make a sorry show.

  28. a sight or spectacle.

  29. the first appearance of blood at the onset of menstruation. a blood-tinged mucous discharge from the vagina that indicates the onset of labor.

    Category: Medicine

Origin of show:

bef. 900; ME showen, s(c)hewen to look at, show, OE scēawian to look at

Princeton's WordNet

  1. show(noun)

    the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining

    "a remarkable show of skill"

  2. display, show(noun)

    something intended to communicate a particular impression

    "made a display of strength"; "a show of impatience"; "a good show of looking interested"

  3. show(noun)

    a social event involving a public performance or entertainment

    "they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"

  4. appearance, show(verb)

    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"

  5. show, demo, exhibit, present, demonstrate(verb)

    give an exhibition of to an interested audience

    "She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in Washington"

  6. prove, demonstrate, establish, show, shew(verb)

    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"

  7. testify, bear witness, prove, evidence, show(verb)

    provide evidence for

    "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"

  8. show(verb)

    make visible or noticeable

    "She showed her talent for cooking"; "Show me your etchings, please"

  9. picture, depict, render, show(verb)

    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"

  10. express, show, evince(verb)

    give expression to

    "She showed her disappointment"

  11. indicate, point, designate, show(verb)

    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"

  12. show, show up(verb)

    be or become visible or noticeable

    "His good upbringing really shows"; "The dirty side will show"

  13. read, register, show, record(verb)

    indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

    "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The gauge read `empty'"

  14. show(verb)

    give evidence of, as of records

    "The diary shows his distress that evening"

  15. usher, show(verb)

    take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums

    "The usher showed us to our seats"

  16. show(verb)

    finish third or better in a horse or dog race

    "he bet $2 on number six to show"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. show(verb)ʃoʊ

    to allow sb to see sth

    They showed reporters pictures of new building.; If you don't show this letter to her, I will.

  2. showʃoʊ

    to explain how to do sth; = demonstrate

    Here, let me show you how to turn it on.

  3. showʃoʊ

    to give evidence that sth is true; = demonstrate

    The poll shows most people want new leadership.; We will show that this problem can be solved.

  4. showʃoʊ

    to behave in a way that makes your feelings or opinions obvious

    He didn't show any emotion at the funeral.

  5. showʃoʊ

    to be or make easy to see

    Use white thread so the stitches won't show.; The bright light showed the tired lines on her face.

  6. showʃoʊ

    to display or illustrate

    a plan of the park showing the location of the gardens; a map that shows how to get there

  7. showʃoʊ

    to project a movie, or be projected

    The movie will be showing next month.; They're showing all the Woody Allen movies.

  8. showʃoʊ

    to lead sb to or around a place

    Let me show you to the door.; She showed them around the apartment.

  9. show(noun)ʃoʊ

    a TV or radio program

    my favorite TV show; the editor of today's show

  10. showʃoʊ

    a performance, especially involving music and acting

    a part in the school show; a West End show

  11. showʃoʊ

    a display of similar things

    a flower/fashion show

  12. showʃoʊ

    intended for people to look at, not to use

    Do these work, or are they just for show?


  1. show(Noun)

    A play, dance, or other entertainment.

  2. show(Noun)

    An exhibition of items.

  3. show(Noun)

    A demonstration.

    show of force

  4. show(Noun)

    A broadcast program/programme.

  5. show(Noun)

    A movie.

    Let's catch a show.

  6. show(Noun)

    Mere display with no substance

    The dog sounds ferocious but it's all show.

  7. show(Noun)

    A project or presentation.

  8. show(Noun)

    The major leagues.

    He played AA ball for years, but never made it to the show.

  9. show(Verb)

    To display, to have somebody see (something).

  10. show(Verb)

    To indicate (a fact) to be true; to demonstrate.

  11. show(Verb)

    To guide or escort.

    Could you please show him on his way. He has overstayed his welcome.

  12. show(Verb)

    To be visible, to be seen.

    Your bald patch is starting to show.

  13. show(Verb)

    To put in an appearance; show up.

    We waited for an hour, but they never showed.

  14. show(Verb)

    To have an enlarged belly and thus be recognizable as pregnant.

  15. show(Verb)

    To finish third, especially of horses or dogs.

    In the third race: Aces up won, paying eight dollars; Blarney Stone placed, paying three dollars; and Cinnamon showed, paying five dollars.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Show(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 show a house; show your colors; shopkeepers show customers goods (show goods to customers)

  2. Show(verb)

    to exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known; as, to show one's designs

  3. Show(verb)

    specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence, to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct; as, to show a person into a parlor; to show one to the door

  4. Show(verb)

    to make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to evince; as, to show the truth of a statement; to show the causes of an event

  5. Show(verb)

    to bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to show favor

  6. Show(verb)

    to exhibit or manifest one's self or itself; to appear; to look; to be in appearance; to seem

  7. Show(verb)

    to have a certain appearance, as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear

  8. Show(noun)

    the act of showing, or bringing to view; exposure to sight; exhibition

  9. Show(noun)

    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

  10. Show(noun)

    proud or ostentatious display; parade; pomp

  11. Show(noun)

    semblance; likeness; appearance

  12. Show(noun)

    false semblance; deceitful appearance; pretense

  13. Show(noun)

    a discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occuring a short time before labor

  14. Show(noun)

    a pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of fire damp

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'show' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #547

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'show' in Written Corpus Frequency: #517

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'show' in Nouns Frequency: #416

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'show' in Verbs Frequency: #36

Anagrams of show

  1. who's

  2. hows, how's

  3. Hows

  4. Whos

Translations for show

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an entertainment, public exhibition, performance etc

a horse-show; a flower show; the new show at the theatre; a TV show.

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