What does show mean?

Definitions for showʃoʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word show.

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"


  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

  15. Origin: [Written also shew.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Show

    shō, v.t. to present to view: to enable to perceive or know: to inform: to teach: to guide: to prove: to explain: to bestow.—v.i. to appear, come into sight: to look:—pa.p. shōwn or shōwed.—n. act of showing: display: a sight or spectacle: parade: appearance: plausibility, pretence: a sign, indication.—ns. Show′-bill, a bill for showing or advertising the price, merits, &c. of goods; Show′-box, a showman's box out of which he takes his materials; Show′bread, among the Jews, the twelve loaves of bread shown or presented before Jehovah in the sanctuary; Show′-card, a placard with an announcement: a card of patterns; Show′-case, a case with glass sides in which articles are exhibited in a museum, &c.; Show′-end, that end of a piece of cloth which is on the outside of the roll for exhibition to customers; Show′er; Show′ing, appearance: a setting forth, representation; Show′man, one who exhibits shows; Show′-place, a place for exhibition: a gymnasium: (Shak.) a place where shows are exhibited; Show′-room, a room where a show is exhibited: a room in a warehouse, &c., where goods are displayed to the best advantage, a room in a commercial hotel where travellers' samples are exhibited.—Show a leg (vul.), to get out of bed; Show fight, to show a readiness to resist; Show forth, to give out, proclaim; Show off, to display ostentatiously; Show of hands, a raising of hands at a meeting to show approval of any proposal; Show one's hand (see Hand); Show one the door, to dismiss a person from one's house or presence; Show up, to expose to blame or ridicule. [A.S. scéawian; Dut. schouwen, Ger. schauen, to behold.]

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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 for show »

  1. who's

  2. hows, how's

  3. Hows

  4. Whos


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of show in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of show in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bikram Choudhury:

    I want to show you.

  2. Karl Wallenda:

    The Show Must Go On

  3. Frank Lloyd:

    It all goes to show.

  4. Chris Christie:

    Dude, show up to work.

  5. Fabrice Bregier:

    It will be a good show.

Images & Illustrations of show

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Translations for show

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • عرض, معرض, اظهار, استعراض, برنامج, وضح, ظهر, ثبت, قدم, عرArabic
  • пака́зваць, паказа́цьBelarusian
  • пока́звам, пока́жаBulgarian
  • দেখানোBengali
  • espectacle, ensenyar, demostrar, mostrarCatalan, Valencian
  • pořad, ukázka, přehlídka, předvedení, výstava, podívaná, ukázat, ukazovatCzech
  • Schau, Demonstration, Show, zeigenGerman
  • επίδειξη, σόου, εκπομπή, έκθεση, θέαμα, δείχνω, εμφανίζω, φαίνομαι, αποδεικνύω, παρουσιάζωGreek
  • montri, vidigiEsperanto
  • espectáculo, programa, exposición, demostración, show, mostrar, demostrarSpanish
  • نمایش, شو, نشان دادن, نمودنPersian
  • näytelmä, ohjelma, näytös, näyttely, demonstraatio, esittely, esitys, show, näyttää, näytellä, näkyä, osoittaa, esittääFinnish
  • démonstration, spectacle, exposition, émission, montrer, démontrerFrench
  • taispeáinIrish
  • taisbeanadh, seallScottish Gaelic
  • amosar, mostrarGalician
  • מופע, תוכנית, הופעה, הראה, הציגHebrew
  • दिखानाHindi
  • megmutat, mutatHungarian
  • monstrarInterlingua
  • tunjukIndonesian
  • spettacolo, esibizione, programma, mostra, dimostrare, mostrareItalian
  • ショー, 誇示, 展示会, 興行, 示す, 見せる, 表すJapanese
  • 보이다, 전시하다Korean
  • پیشانگا, پیشاندانKurdish
  • exhibo, ostendo, designo, offero, monstroLatin
  • емисија, изложба, претстава, пока́жува, по́кажеMacedonian
  • दाखवणेMarathi
  • persembahan, tunjukMalay
  • wirja, spettaklu, essibizjoniMaltese
  • tentoonstelling, show, expositie, voorstelling, bewijzen, aantonen, zien, demonstreren, vertonen, tonenDutch
  • show, program, viseNorwegian
  • pokazywać, pokazaćPolish
  • programa, exposição, espetáculo, demonstração, mostra, show, apresentar, demonstrar, mostrarPortuguese
  • aminakoyimQuechua
  • emisiune, expoziție, program, demonstrație, spectacol, arăta, demonstraRomanian
  • программа, зрелище, шоу, выставка, спектакль, представление, телепрограмма, показа́ться, показа́ть, пока́зываться, пока́зыватьRussian
  • šou, izložba, demonstracija, показати, pokazatiSerbo-Croatian
  • ukazovať, ukázaťSlovak
  • pokazati, kazatiSlovene
  • demonstration, utställning, show, uppvisning, synas, visa, märkas, demonstreraSwedish
  • shooSwahili
  • ప్రదర్శనం, చూపించుTelugu
  • ละคร, โชว์, แสดงThai
  • şov, gösteri, program, göstermekTurkish
  • показа́ти, пока́зуватиUkrainian
  • دکھاناUrdu
  • ווייַזןYiddish

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