Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause or allow to be seen; display.
  • transitive v. To display for sale, in exhibition, or in competition: showed her most recent paintings.
  • transitive v. To conduct; guide: showed them to the table.
  • transitive v. To direct one's attention to; point out: show them the biggest squash in the garden.
  • transitive v. To manifest (an emotion or condition, for example); reveal: showed displeasure at his remark; a carpet that shows wear.
  • transitive v. To permit access to (a house, for example) when offering for sale or rent.
  • transitive v. To reveal (oneself) as in one's behavior or condition: The old boat showed itself to be seaworthy.
  • transitive v. To indicate; register: The altimeter showed that the plane was descending.
  • transitive v. To demonstrate by reasoning or procedure: showed that the hypothesis was wrong; a film that showed how to tune a piano.
  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To grant; bestow: showed no mercy to the traitors.
  • transitive v. Law To plead; allege: show cause.
  • intransitive v. To be or become visible or evident.
  • intransitive v. Slang To make an appearance; show up: didn't show for her appointment.
  • intransitive v. To be exhibited publicly: What's showing at the movie theater tonight?
  • intransitive v. To give a performance or present an exhibition.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To display, to have somebody see (something).
  • v. To indicate (a fact) to be true; to demonstrate.
  • v. To guide or escort.
  • v. To be visible, to be seen.
  • v. To put in an appearance; show up.
  • v. To have an enlarged belly and thus be recognizable as pregnant.
  • v. To finish third, especially of horses or dogs.
  • n. A play, dance, or other entertainment.
  • n. An exhibition of items.
  • n. A demonstration.
  • n. A broadcast program/programme.
  • n. A movie.
  • n. Mere display with no substance
  • n. A project or presentation.
  • n. The major leagues.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occuring a short time before labor.
  • n. A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of fire damp.
  • intransitive v. To exhibit or manifest one's self or itself; to appear; to look; to be in appearance; to seem.
  • intransitive v. To have a certain appearance, as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear.
  • transitive 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
  • transitive v. To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known.
  • transitive v. Specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence, to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct.
  • transitive v. To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to evince.
  • transitive v. To bestow; to confer; to afford.

from The 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.
  • A dialectal variant of shove.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • n. Refuse: used in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English sheuen, shouen, from Old English scēawian, to look at, display.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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