- a presentation, exhibition, or display
- manner of presentation; performance
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
- the act of putting something on display.
- a performance considered for the impression it makes:The first woman candidate from that district made a strong showing at the polls.
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.
explain: [~ + object + object]She showed us an easier way to solve the problem.[~ ( + object) + clause]He showed (us) what he meant.
show up:It's getting late;
do you think they'll still show?
- [~ + 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.
- [~ + 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.
impression:to make a sorry show.
- to make, be, or become visible or noticeable: to show one's dislike
- (transitive) to present to view; exhibit: he showed me a picture
- (transitive) to indicate or explain; prove: to show that the earth moves round the sun
- (transitive) to exhibit or present (oneself or itself) in a specific character: to show oneself to be trustworthy
- (tr; followed by how and an infinitive) to instruct by demonstration: show me how to swim
- (transitive) to indicate or register: a barometer shows changes in the weather
- (transitive) to grant or bestow: to show favour to someone
- (intransitive) to appear: to show to advantage
- to exhibit, display, or offer (goods, etc) for sale: three artists were showing at the gallery
- (transitive) to allege, as in a legal document: to show cause
- to present (a play, film, etc) or (of a play, etc) to be presented, as at a theatre or cinema
- (transitive) to guide or escort: please show me to my room
- show in ⇒ to conduct a person into a room or building by opening the door for him
- show out ⇒ to conduct a person out of a room or building by opening the door for him
- a display or exhibition
- a public spectacle
- an ostentatious or pretentious display
- a theatrical or other entertainment
- a trace or indication
- a discharge of blood at the onset of labour
- US Austral NZ informal a chance; opportunity (esp in the phrases give someone a show, he's got no show of winning, etc)
- for show ⇒ in order to attract attention
- run the show ⇒ informal to take charge of or manage an affair, business, etc
- steal the show ⇒ to draw the most attention or admiration, esp unexpectedly
- stop the show ⇒ informal 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