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shew  (shō),USA pronunciation v.i., v.t.,  shewed, shewn, shew•ing, n. [Archaic.]
  1. show.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
show /ʃoʊ/USA pronunciation   v.,  showed, shown /ʃoʊn/USA pronunciation  or showed, show•ing, n. 
  1. to (cause or allow to) appear, be seen, etc.: [+ object + object]Let me show you the work we've been doing.[+ object]The photograph shows our new house.[+ object + to + object]Show the photograph to the jury.[no object]a stain on her dress that didn't show in the dim light.
  2. Show Businessto present or perform as a public entertainment or as an exhibition: [+ object]to show a movie.[no object;  usually: be + ~-ing]His movie would be showing for the next three weeks.
  3. to indicate;
    point out: [+ object]to show the way.[+ (that) clause]The polls show (that) he is losing popularity.[+ object + object]The man showed us the entrance to the museum.
  4. to guide;
    escort:[+ object]Show her in.
  5. to make known;
    explain: [+ object + object]She showed us an easier way to solve the problem.[~ (+ object) + clause]He showed (us) what he meant.
  6. to reveal;
    prove or make clear: [+ object]Your work shows promise.[+ object + to + verb]showed the idea to be entirely unworkable.[+ that clause]showed that the idea wouldn't work.
  7. to register;
    mark:[+ object]The thermometer showed 10 below zero.
  8. to exhibit or offer for sale: [+ object]to show a house.[+ object + to + object]to show a house to possible buyers.[+ object + object]The real estate agent showed us the house.
  9. to offer;
    grant: [+ object]to show mercy.[+ object + to + object]to show mercy to his enemies.[+ object + object]to show his enemies mercy.
  10. to make an appearance;
    be present;
    show up:[no object]It's getting late; do you think they'll still show?
  11. show off: 
    • [+ off + object] to display to advantage:The gold frame shows off the picture nicely.
    • [+ off + object] to present for approval:young parents showing off their new baby.
    • [no object] to seek attention by constantly displaying one's talent, etc.:a child showing off in front of guests.
  12. show up: 
    • [+ up + object] to make known;
      reveal:That report showed up the manager's mistakes.
    • [no object] to appear as specified;
      be seen:White shows up well against the blue.
    • [no object] to come to or arrive at a place:It's getting late; I wonder if he'll even show up now.
    • [+ up + object] to make (another) seem lower or inferior;
      outdo:She keeps showing up her rivals.

  1. Show Business a theatrical production, performance, etc.:[countable]a Broadway show.
  2. Show Business a radio or television program:[countable]a morning radio show.
  3. Show Business[countable] a motion picture.
  4. a display of products by manufacturers in an industry:[countable]an auto show.
  5. exhibition:[countable]a show of paintings by Renoir.
  6. overly fancy or dramatic display:[uncountable]all show and no substance.
  7. a display or demonstration:[countable]a show of courage.
  8. Sport[uncountable]the position of the competitor who comes in third, such as in a horse race.
  9. appearance;
    impression:[countable;  usually singular]to make a sorry show.
  10. a sight or spectacle:[countable]What a show the new player put on!

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
show  (shō),USA pronunciation v.,  showed, shown  or showed, show•ing, n. 
  1. to cause or allow to be seen;
  2. Show Businessto present or perform as a public entertainment or spectacle:to show a movie.
  3. to indicate;
    point out:to show the way.
  4. to guide, escort, or usher:He showed me to my room. Show her in.
  5. to explain or make clear;
    make known:He showed what he meant.
  6. to make known to;
    inform, instruct, or prove to:I'll show you what I mean.
  7. to prove;
    demonstrate:His experiment showed the falsity of the theory.
  8. to indicate, register, or mark:The thermometer showed 10 below zero.
  9. to exhibit or offer for sale:to show a house.
  10. to allege, as in a legal document;
    plead, as a reason or cause.
  11. to produce, as facts in an affidavit or at a hearing.
  12. to express or make evident by appearance, behavior, speech, etc.:to show one's feelings.
  13. to accord or grant (favor, kindness, etc.):He showed mercy in his decision.

  1. to be seen;
    be or become visible:Does my slip show?
  2. to be seen in a certain way:to show to advantage.
  3. to put on an exhibition or performance;
    display one's goods or products:Several dress designers are showing in New York now.
  4. Informal Termsto be present or keep an appointment;
    show up:He said he would be there, but he didn't show.
  5. to finish third in a horse race, harness race, etc.
  6. show off: 
    • 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.
  7. show up: 
    • to make known, as faults;
    • 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;

  1. Show Businessa theatrical production, performance, or company.
  2. Show Businessa radio or television program.
  3. Show Businessa motion picture.
  4. 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.
  5. any kind of public exhibition or exposition:a show of Renoirs.
  6. ostentatious display:nothing but mere show.
  7. a display, exhibition, or demonstration:a true show of freedom.
  8. an indication;
    trace:He frowned on the slightest show of emotion.
  9. Sportthe position of the competitor who comes in third in a horse race, harness race, etc. Cf.  place (def. 27b), win 1 (def. 17).
  10. appearance;
    impression:to make a sorry show.
  11. a sight or spectacle.
  12. an unreal or deceptive appearance:The actress's tears had the show of grief.
  13. an act or instance of showing.
  14. a motion-picture theater.
  15. Informal Termsa chance:to get a fair show.
  16. Medicine
    • the first appearance of blood at the onset of menstruation.
    • a blood-tinged mucous discharge from the vagina that indicates the onset of labor.
  17. Informal Terms, British Terms[Chiefly Brit. Informal.]any undertaking, group of persons, event, etc.;
  18. make a show of, to be ostentatious about;
    affect:Whenever there are visitors, the bosses make a show of being nice to their employees.
  19. run the show, to control a business, situation, etc.;
    be in charge:My father runs the show in our house.
  20. 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.
  21. stop the show, to win such enthusiastic applause that a theatrical performance is temporarily interrupted.
showa•ble, adj. 
showless, adj. 
  • bef. 900; (verb, verbal) Middle English showen, s(c)hewen to look at, show, Old English scēawian to look at; cognate with Dutch schowen, German schauen; (noun, nominal) Middle English s(c)hew(e), derivative of the verb, verbal
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lead, conduct.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged interpret, clarify, elucidate;
      reveal, disclose, divulge.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged assert, affirm.
    • 13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bestow, confer.
    • 25.See corresponding entry in Unabridged spectacle.
    • 26, 27.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Show, display, ostentation, pomp suggest the presentation of a more or less elaborate, often pretentious, appearance for the public to see.
      Show often indicates an external appearance that may or may not accord with actual facts:a show of modesty.Display applies to an intentionally conspicuous show:a great display of wealth.Ostentation is vain, ambitious, pretentious, or offensive display:tasteless and vulgar ostentation.Pomp suggests such a show of dignity and authority as characterizes a ceremony of state:The coronation was carried out with pomp and ceremonial.
    • 32.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deception, pretense, simulation, illusion.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

shew /ʃəʊ/ vb (shews, shewing, shewed, shewn /ʃəʊn/, shewed)
  1. an archaic spelling of show

ˈshewer n

show /ʃəʊ/ vb (shows, showing, showed, shown, showed)
  1. to make, be, or become visible or noticeable: to show one's dislike
  2. (transitive) to present to view; exhibit: he showed me a picture
  3. (transitive) to indicate or explain; prove: to show that the earth moves round the sun
  4. (transitive) to exhibit or present (oneself or itself) in a specific character: to show oneself to be trustworthy
  5. (tr; followed by how and an infinitive) to instruct by demonstration: show me how to swim
  6. (transitive) to indicate or register: a barometer shows changes in the weather
  7. (transitive) to grant or bestow: to show favour to someone
  8. (intransitive) to appear: to show to advantage
  9. to exhibit, display, or offer (goods, etc) for sale: three artists were showing at the gallery
  10. (transitive) to allege, as in a legal document: to show cause
  11. to present (a play, film, etc) or (of a play, etc) to be presented, as at a theatre or cinema
  12. (transitive) to guide or escort: please show me to my room
  13. show into conduct a person into a room or building by opening the door for him
  14. show outto conduct a person out of a room or building by opening the door for him
  1. a display or exhibition
  2. a public spectacle
  3. an ostentatious or pretentious display
  4. a theatrical or other entertainment
  5. a trace or indication
  6. a discharge of blood at the onset of labour
  7. US Austral NZ informal a chance; opportunity (esp in the phrases give someone a show, he's got no show of winning, etc)
  8. for showin order to attract attention
  9. run the showinformal to take charge of or manage an affair, business, etc
  10. steal the showto draw the most attention or admiration, esp unexpectedly
  11. stop the showinformal to be received with great enthusiasm

See also show off, show upEtymology: Old English scēawian; related to Old High German scouwōn to look, Old Norse örskār careful, Greek thuoskoos seer

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