Show - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ʃəʊ|  American pronunciation of the word show
Brit.  |ʃəʊ|  British pronunciation of the word show
irregular verb:  p.t. — showed  p.p. — shown
- the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
- something intended to communicate a particular impression (syn: display)
- a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
- pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression (syn: appearance)
- give an exhibition of to an interested audience (syn: demo, demonstrate, exhibit, present)
- establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment (syn: demonstrate, establish, prove, shew)
- provide evidence for (syn: evidence, prove, testify)
- make visible or noticeable
- show in, or as in, a picture (syn: depict, picture, render)
- give expression to (syn: evince, express)
- indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively (syn: designate, indicate, point)
- be or become visible or noticeable (syn: show up)
- indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments (syn: read, record, register)
- give evidence of, as of records
- take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums (syn: usher)
- finish third or better in a horse or dog race


You have to show your tickets at the gate.

You're the only person that I've shown this letter to.

They showed the theory to be faulty.

You will have to show me how to play the game.

He showed them a card trick.

Definitions tell you the meanings of words; examples show you how the words are used.

She was the star of the show.

The band always puts on a good show.

A show of his early paintings

He showed me the pictures of his family.

I've got a new toy I want to show you.

He showed us how to lasso.

Many people showed us marks on walls where the waters reached.

He let me in and showed me the way to the sitting room.

He showed us to our seats.

Phrasal verbs

show off  — display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
show up  — appear or become visible; make a showing

Word forms

I/you/we/they: show
he/she/it: shows
present participle: showing
past tense: showed
past participle: shown
singular: show
plural: shows
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