show


show
show [shō]
vt.
showed, shown or showed, showing [ME schewen < OE sceawian, akin to Ger schauen, to look at < IE base * (s)keu-, to notice, heed > L cavere, to beware, OE hieran, to HEAR]
1. to bring or put in sight or view; cause or allow to appear or be seen; make visible; exhibit; display
2.
a) to enter (animals, flowers, etc.) in a competitive show
b) to exhibit (paintings, sculpture, etc.), as in a gallery
3. to guide; conduct [to show a guest to a room]
4. to direct to another's attention; point out [to show the sights to visitors]
5. to reveal, manifest, or make evident (an emotion, condition, quality, etc.) by behavior or outward sign
6. to exhibit or manifest (oneself or itself) in a given character, condition, etc. [to show oneself to be reliable]
7. to open (a house, apartment, etc.) to prospective buyers or renters
8. to make evident by logical procedure; explain or prove [to show that something is right]
9. to make clear by going through a procedure; demonstrate [to show how to tie a bowknot]
10. to register; indicate [a clock shows the time]
11. to grant or bestow (favor, kindness, mercy, etc.)
12. Law to allege; plead [to show cause]
vi.
1. to be or become seen or visible; appear
2.
a) to be apparent or noticeable [a scratch that hardly shows]
b) to be visibly pregnant [five months pregnant and still not showing]
3. to have a given appearance; appear [to show to good effect ]
4. to finish third or better in a horse race or dog race
5. Informal to come or arrive as expected; make an appearance
6. Theater to give a performance; appear
n.
1. a showing, demonstration, or manifestation [a show of passion]
2. a display or appearance, specif. a colorful or striking one
3. spectacular, pompous display; ostentation
4. an indication of the presence of metal, coal, oil, etc. in the earth; trace
5. something false or superficial; semblance; pretense [sorrow that was mere show]
6. a person or thing looked upon as peculiar, ridiculous, laughable, etc.; spectacle; sight
7. a public display or exhibition, as of art, animals, flowers, automobiles, etc.
8. a presentation of entertainment, as a theatrical production, TV program, film, etc.
9. third position at the finish of a horse race or dog race
10. Informal any undertaking, matter, or affair
adj.
of or having to do with a SHOW (n. 7 or 8), specif. a Broadway or Hollywood musical [a medley of show tunes]
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for show
in order to attract notice or attention
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good show!
Chiefly Brit. an exclamation of appreciation and congratulations on another's accomplishment
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put the show on the road or get the show on the road
Slang to set things in operation; start an activity, venture, etc.
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show in or show out
to usher into (or out of) a given place
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show off
1. to make a display of; exhibit in a showy manner
2. to behave in a manner intended to attract attention
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show up
1. to bring or come to light; expose or be exposed, as faults
2. to be clearly seen; stand out
3. to come; arrive; make an appearance
4. Informal to surpass in intelligence, performance, etc.
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☆ stand a show or have a show
Informal to have a chance, esp. a remote one
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steal the show
to become the main focus of attention, plaudits, etc., esp. if in a subordinate role or position
SYN.- SHOW implies a putting or bringing something into view so that it can be seen or looked at [show us the garden ]; to DISPLAY something is to spread it out so that it is shown to advantage [jewelry displayed on a sales counter ]; EXHIBIT implies prominent display, often for the purpose of attracting public attention or inspection [to exhibit products at a fair ]; EXPOSE implies the laying open and displaying of something that has been covered or concealed [this bathing suit exposes the scar ]; FLAUNT implies an ostentatious, impudent, or defiant display [to flaunt one's riches, vices, etc. ]

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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