American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause or allow to be seen; display.
- v. To display for sale, in exhibition, or in competition: showed her most recent paintings.
- v. To conduct; guide: showed them to the table.
- v. To direct one's attention to; point out: show them the biggest squash in the garden.
- v. To manifest (an emotion or condition, for example); reveal: showed displeasure at his remark; a carpet that shows wear.
- v. To permit access to (a house, for example) when offering for sale or rent.
- v. To reveal (oneself) as in one's behavior or condition: The old boat showed itself to be seaworthy.
- v. To indicate; register: The altimeter showed that the plane was descending.
- v. To demonstrate by reasoning or procedure: showed that the hypothesis was wrong; a film that showed how to tune a piano.
- v. To demonstrate to by reasoning or procedure; inform or prove to: showed him how to fix the camera; showed her that it could really happen.
- v. To grant; bestow: showed no mercy to the traitors.
- v. Law To plead; allege: show cause.
- v. To be or become visible or evident.
- v. Slang To make an appearance; show up: didn't show for her appointment.
- v. To be exhibited publicly: What's showing at the movie theater tonight?
- v. To give a performance or present an exhibition.
- v. Sports To finish third or better in a horserace or dog race.
- n. A display; a manifestation: made a show of strength.
- n. A trace or indication, as of oil in a well.
- n. The discharge of bloody mucus from the vagina indicating the start of labor.
- n. The first discharge of blood in menstruation.
- n. A false appearance; a pretense: only a show of kindness.
- n. A striking appearance or display; a spectacle.
- n. A pompous or ostentatious display.
- n. Display or outward appearance: This antique tea service is just for show. His smile was for show.
- n. A public exhibition or entertainment.
- n. An exposition for the display or demonstration of commercial products: an auto show.
- n. A usually competitive exhibition of domestic animals: won first place at the cat show.
- n. A radio or television program.
- n. A movie.
- n. A theatrical troupe or company.
- n. Informal An affair or undertaking: ran the whole show.
- n. Sports Third place at the finish, as in a horserace.
- show off To display or behave in an ostentatious or conspicuous way.
- show up To be clearly visible.
- show up To put in an appearance; arrive.
- show up To expose or reveal the true character or nature of: showed their efforts up as a waste of time.
- show up Informal To surpass, as in ability or intelligence.
- idiom. get the show on the road Slang To get started.
- idiom. show (one's) hand Games To display one's cards with faces up.
- idiom. show (one's) hand To state one's intentions or reveal one's resources, especially when previously hidden.
- idiom. show (one's) heels To depart from quickly; flee.
- idiom. show (someone) a good time To occupy (someone) with amusing things; entertain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To let be seen; manifest to the sight; disclose; discover.
- To exhibit or present to the view; place in sight; display.
- To communicate; reveal; make known; disclose.
- To prove; manifest; make apparent or clear by evidence, reasoning, etc.; demonstrate; explain.
- To inform; teach; instruct.
- To mark; indicate; point out.
- To point out the way to; guide or usher; conduct.
- To bestow; confer; afford: as, to show favor or mercy.
- To explain; make clear; interpret; expound.
- Figuratively, to exercise or use upon, usually in a slight and superficial way; barely touch with.
- To be seen; appear; become visible or manifest.; come into sight, or, figuratively, into knowledge.
- To make one's (or its) appearance; be visible; be present.
- n. The act of showing or exhibiting to the view; exposure or exhibition to view or notice; manifestation; demonstration.
- n. Appearance, whether true or false; semblance; likeness.
- n. Ostentatious display; parade; pomp.
- n. A sight or spectacle; an exhibition; a pageant; a play: as, the Lord Mayor's show; specifically, that which is shown for money: as, a traveling show; a flower-show; a cattle-show.
- n. A feint; a deceptive or plausible appearance; a pretense of something, designed to mislead; pretext.
- n. The first sanguinolent discharge in Labor; also, the first indication of the menses.
- n. A sign; indication; prospect; promise; as, a show of petroleum; a show of gold.
- n. Chance; opportunity.
- n. [Used attributively to indicate display or effect: as, this is a show day at the club; B was the show figure of the party.]
- n. Synonyms and Sight, representation.
- n. Display, Parade, etc. (see ostentation), flourish, dash, pageantry, splendor, ceremony.
- n. Color, mask.
- A dialectal variant of shove.
- n. Refuse: used in the plural.
- n. In mining, the effect on the flame within the gauze of a miner's safety-lamp by which the presence of fire-damp or combustible gas in the atmosphere is revealed.
- Designed to be shown or only for show; in fanciers' language, raised for display purposes; bred for ‘points.’ Thus a show homer is a homing pigeon bred for certain characters or markings, in distinction to one raised for flying long distances.
- v. transitive To display, to have somebody see (something).
- v. transitive To indicate (a fact) to be true; to demonstrate.
- v. transitive To guide or escort.
- v. intransitive To be visible, to be seen.
- v. intransitive, informal To put in an appearance; show up.
- v. intransitive, informal To have an enlarged belly and thus be recognizable as pregnant.
- v. intransitive, racing To finish third, especially of horses or dogs.
- n. countable A play, dance, or other entertainment.
- n. countable An exhibition of items.
- n. countable A demonstration.
- n. countable A broadcast program/programme.
- n. countable A movie.
- n. uncountable Mere display with no substance
- n. A project or presentation.
- n. baseball, with “the” The major leagues.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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
- v. To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known.
- v. Specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence, to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct.
- v. To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to evince.
- v. To bestow; to confer; to afford.
- v. To exhibit or manifest one's self or itself; to appear; to look; to be in appearance; to seem.
- v. To have a certain appearance, as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear.
- n. The act of showing, or bringing to view; exposure to sight; exhibition.
- n. That which os shown, or brought to view; that which is arranged to be seen; a spectacle; an exhibition.
- n. Proud or ostentatious display; parade; pomp.
- n. Semblance; likeness; appearance.
- n. False semblance; deceitful appearance; pretense.
- n. (Med.) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occuring a short time before labor.
- n. (Mining) A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of fire damp.
- n. pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
- v. provide evidence for
- v. finish third or better in a horse or dog race
- v. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
- v. indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
- v. give expression to
- v. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
- v. be or become visible or noticeable
- v. make visible or noticeable
- n. the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
- v. take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums
- v. give evidence of, as of records
- n. a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
- v. give an exhibition of to an interested audience
- n. something intended to communicate a particular impression
- v. show in, or as in, a picture
- From Middle English schewen, schawen, scheawen, from Old English scēawian ("to look, look at, observe, gaze, behold, see, look on with favor, look favorably on, regard, have respect for, look at with care, consider, inspect, examine, scrutinize, reconnoiter, look out, look for, seek for, select, choose, provide, show (favor, respect, etc.), exhibit, display, grant, decree"), from Proto-Germanic *skauwōnan, *skawwōnan (“to look, see”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱou-, *(s)ḱeu- (“to heed, look, feel, take note of”); see haw, caveo, caution. Cognate with Scots shaw ("to show"), Eastern Frisian scoe ("to look, behold"), Dutch schouwen ("to inspect, view"), German schauen ("to see, behold"), Danish skue ("to behold"), Icelandic skygna ("to spy, behold, see"), Albanian shkoj ("I go") related to shikoj ("I see, observe, look for"). Related to sheen. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sheuen, shouen, from Old English scēawian, to look at, display. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That, and the truth that in 10 years the naysayers will be forgotten, and made irrelevant...but the show, the *show*...goes on.”
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“Guicontrol,, textshow, \% nothing\% return if value = 4 show = \% 1\% \% 2\% \% 3\% \% 4\% guicontrol,, textshow, \% show\% sleep, \% timeoutsleep\%”
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“One of the purposes of such patterns is to show people what a $50 gold coin would look like and to ’show off’ proposed designs for $50 gold coins.”
“Sharon was careful not to let her expression show just how much his kiss had affected her.”
“The main show is being held at Stage 16, where films such as "Pretty in Pink," "Elizabethtown" and "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" were shot.”
“The term show trial is a pejorative description of a type of highly public trial.”
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