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Dictionary Definition

show

Noun

1 a public exhibition of entertainment; "a remarkable show of skill"
2 something intended to communicate a particular impression; "made a display of strength"; "a show of impatience"; "a good show of looking interested" [syn: display]
3 a public exhibition or entertainment; "they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"
4 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" [syn: appearance]

Verb

1 show or demonstrate something to an interested audience; "She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in Washington" [syn: demo, exhibit, present, demonstrate]
2 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" [syn: prove, demonstrate, establish, shew] [ant: disprove]
3 provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence" [syn: testify, bear witness, prove, evidence]
4 make visible or noticeable; "She showed her talent for cooking"; "Show me your etchings, please" [ant: hide]
5 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" [syn: picture, depict, render]
6 give expression to; "She showed her disappointment" [syn: express, evince]
7 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" [syn: indicate, point]
8 make clear and visible; "The article revealed the policies of the government" [syn: reveal, display]
9 be or become visible or noticeable; "His good upbringing really shows"; "The dirty side will show" [syn: show up]
10 indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The gauge read `empty'" [syn: read, register, record]
11 give evidence of, as of records; "The diary shows his distress that evening"
12 show (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums; "The usher showed us to our seats" [syn: usher]
13 finish third or better in a horse or dog race; "he bet $2 on number six to show" [also: shown]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Alternative forms

Etymology

scēawian, from West Germanic *skauwojanan. Cognate with Dutch schouwen and German schauen.

Pronunciation

  • a UK: /ʃəʊ/, /S@U/
  • a US: , /ʃoʊ/, /SoU/
  • Rhymes with: -əʊ

Verb

  1. To display, to have somebody see something.
  2. To indicate (a fact) to be true; to demonstrate.

Derived terms

Translations

display
indicate (a fact) to be true
  • Arabic: ,
  • Dutch: aantonen, demonstreren
  • Finnish: näyttää, osoittaa
  • French: démontrer
  • German: zeigen
  • Hebrew: להראות
  • Italian: dimostrare
  • Japanese: 示す
  • Kurdish:
  • Norwegian: vise
  • Persian: (neshân dâdan)
  • Polish: pokazywać, pokazać
  • Portuguese: demonstrar
  • Quechua: aminakoyim
  • Romanian: arăta, demonstra
  • Spanish: demostrar
  • Swedish: visa, demonstrera

Noun

  1. A play, dance, or other entertainment.
  2. An exhibition of items.
    art show
    dog show
  3. A demonstration.
    show of force
  4. A broadcast program/programme.
    radio show
    television show
  5. A movie.
    Let's catch a show.
  6. mere display with no substance
    The dog sounds ferocious but it's all show.

Derived terms

Translations

entertainment
exhibition
demonstration
  • Arabic: ,
  • Croatian: demonstracija
  • Czech: ukázka , předvedení
  • Finnish: näytös, demonstraatio
  • German: Demonstration
  • Japanese: 誇示
  • Romanian: demonstraţie
  • Spanish: demostración
  • Swedish: demonstration
broadcast program(me)
  • Arabic: (barnāmaj)
  • Croatian: šou
  • Czech: pořad
  • Finnish: ohjelma
  • French: émission
  • Hebrew: תוכנית
  • Norwegian: show, program
  • Romanian: emisiune , program
  • Spanish: programa
mere display

Spanish

Etymology

Noun

  1. show

Swedish

Etymology

Noun

show
  1. show; a play, dance, or other entertainment.

Extensive Definition

Show can refer to:
show in Aragonese: Espeutaclo
show in Bulgarian: Шоу
show in Catalan: Espectacle
show in German: Performance
show in Spanish: Espectáculo
show in French: Spectacle
show in Friulian: Spetacul
show in Galician: Espectáculo
show in Italian: Spettacolo
show in Japanese: ショー
show in Neapolitan: Spettacule
show in Norwegian: Show
show in Venetian: Spetacoło
show in Waray (Philippines): Pasundayag
show in Chinese: 表演

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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