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Meaning of show by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    • shew ( archaic )


    From Middle English schewen, schawen, scheawen, from Old English scēawian ( “to look, look at, observe, gaze, behold, see, look on with favor, look favorably on, regard, have respect for, look at with care, consider, inspect, examine, scrutinize, reconnoiter, look out, look for, seek for, select, choose, provide, show ( favor, respect, etc. ), exhibit, display, grant, decree” ), from Proto-Germanic *skauwōnan, *skawwōnan ( “to look, see” ), from Proto-Indo-European *( s )ḱou-, *( s )ḱeu- ( “to heed, look, feel, take note of” ); see haw, caveo, caution. Cognate with Scots shaw ( “to show” ), Eastern Frisian scoe ( “to look, behold” ), Dutch schouwen ( “to inspect, view” ), German schauen ( “to see, behold” ), Danish skue ( “to behold” ), Icelandic skygna ( “to spy, behold, see” ), Albanian shkoj ( “I go” ) related to shikoj ( “I see, observe, look for” ). Related to sheen .


    • ( UK ): IPA: /ʃəʊ/, X-SAMPA: /S@U/
    • ( US ): enPR: shō, IPA: /ʃoʊ/, X-SAMPA: /SoU/
    • Rhymes: -əʊ


    show ( third-person singular simple present shows, present participle showing, simple past showed, ( dialect or archaic ) shew, past participle shown or showed, ( dialect or archaic ) shewed )

    1. ( transitive ) To display, to have somebody see ( something ) .
      The car's dull finish showed years of neglect .
      All he had to show for four years of attendance at college was a framed piece of paper .
    2. ( transitive ) To indicate ( a fact ) to be true; to demonstrate .
    3. ( transitive ) To guide or escort .
      Could you please show him on his way. He has overstayed his welcome .
    4. ( intransitive ) To be visible, to be seen .
      Your bald patch is starting to show .
    5. ( intransitive, informal ) To put in an appearance; show up .
      We waited for an hour, but they never showed .
    6. ( intransitive, informal ) To have an enlarged belly and thus be recognizable as pregnant .
    7. ( intransitive, racing ) To finish third, especially of horses or dogs .
      In the third race: Aces up won, paying eight dollars; Blarney Stone placed, paying three dollars; and Cinnamon showed, paying five dollars .



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    show ( plural: shows )

    1. ( countable ) A play, dance, or other entertainment .
    2. ( countable ) An exhibition of items .
      art show
      dog show
    3. ( countable ) A demonstration .
      show of force
    4. ( countable ) A broadcast program/programme .
      radio show
      television show
    5. ( countable ) A movie .
      Let's catch a show .
    6. ( uncountable ) Mere display with no substance
      The dog sounds ferocious but it's all show .
    7. A project or presentation .
      Let's get on with the show .
      Let's get this show on the road .
      The went on an international road show to sell the shares to investors .
      It was Apple's usual dog and pony show
    8. ( baseball, with “the” ) The major leagues .
      He played AA ball for years, but never made it to the show .


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Explanation of show by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

    2. The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture
    3. indicate a certain reading

    4. The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero
    5. give evidence of, as of records

    6. The diary shows his distress that evening
    7. indicate a place, direction, person, or thing

    8. I showed the customer the glove section
    9. give expression to

    10. She showed her disappointment
    11. provide evidence for

    12. The blood test showed that he was the father
    13. finish third or better in a horse or dog race

    14. he bet $2 on number six to show
    15. show in, or as in, a picture

    16. take ( someone ) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums

    17. The usher showed us to our seats
    18. make visible or noticeable

    19. She showed her talent for cooking
      Show me your etchings, please
    20. be or become visible or noticeable

    21. His good upbringing really shows
      The dirty side will show
    22. give an exhibition of to an interested audience

    23. She shows her dogs frequently
    1. the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining

    2. a remarkable show of skill
    3. pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression

    4. that ceremony is just for show
    5. a social event involving a public performance or entertainment

    6. they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway
    7. something intended to communicate a particular impression

    8. a show of impatience
      a good show of looking interested

    Definition of show by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Show v. t. [imp. Showed ; p. p. Shown or Showed; p. pr. & vb. n. Showing. It is sometimes written shew, shewed, shewn, shewing.] [OE. schowen, shewen, schewen, shawen, AS. sceáwian, to look, see, view; akin to OS. scawn, OFries. skawia, D. schouwen, OHG. scouwn, G. schauen, Dan. skue, Sw. skda, Icel. skoa, Goth. usskawjan to waken, skuggwa a mirror, Icel. skuggy shade, shadow, L. cavere to be on one's guard, Gr. to mark, perceive, hear, Skr. kavi wise. Cf. Caution, Scavenger, Sheen.]
      1. To exhibit or present to view; to place in sight; to display; -- the thing exhibited being the object, and often with an indirect object denoting the person or thing seeing or beholding; as, “to show a house; show your colors; shopkeepers show customers goods ( show goods to customers ).”

      Go thy way, shew thyself to the priest. Matt. viii. 4.

      Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise

      Magnificence; and what can heaven show more? Milton.

      2. To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known; as, “to show one's designs”.

      Shew them the way wherein they must walk. Ex. xviii. 20.

      If it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away. 1 Sam. xx. 13.

      3. Specifically, to make known the way to ( a person ); hence, to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct; as, “to show a person into a parlor; to show one to the door”.

      4. To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to evince; as, “to show the truth of a statement; to show the causes of an event”.

      I 'll show my duty by my timely care. Dryden.

      5. To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, “to show favor”.

      Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me. Ex. xx. 6.

      To show forth, to manifest; to publish; to proclaim. -- To show his paces, to exhibit the gait, speed, or the like; -- said especially of a horse. -- To show off, to exhibit ostentatiously. -- To show up, to expose. [Colloq.]

    2. Show, v. i. [Written also shew.]
      1. To exhibit or manifest one's self or itself; to appear; to look; to be in appearance; to seem.

      Just such she shows before a rising storm. Dryden.

      All round a hedge upshoots, and shows

      At distance like a little wood. Tennyson.

      2. To have a certain appearance, as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear.

      My lord of York, it better showed with you. Shak.

      To show off, to make a show; to display one's self.

    3. Show n. [Formerly written also shew.]
      1. The act of showing, or bringing to view; exposure to sight; exhibition.

      2. That which os shown, or brought to view; that which is arranged to be seen; a spectacle; an exhibition; as, “a traveling show; a cattle show”.

      As for triumphs, masks, feasts, and such shows. Bacon.

      3. Proud or ostentatious display; parade; pomp.

      I envy none their pageantry and show. Young.

      4. Semblance; likeness; appearance.

      He through the midst unmarked,

      In show plebeian angel militant

      Of lowest order, passed. Milton.

      5. False semblance; deceitful appearance; pretense.

      Beware of the scribes, . . . which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers. Luke xx. 46. 47.

      6. ( Med. ) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occuring a short time before labor.

      7. ( Mining ) A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of fire damp. Raymond.

      Show bill, a broad sheet containing an advertisement in large letters. -- Show box, a box xontaining some object of curiosity carried round as a show. -- Show card, an advertising placard; also, a card for displaying samples. -- Show case, a glaed case, box, or cabinet for displaying and protecting shopkeepers' wares, articles on exhibition in museums, etc. -- Show glass, a glass which displays objects; a mirror. -- Show of hands, a raising of hands to indicate judgment; as, the vote was taken by a show of hands. -- Show stone, a piece of glass or crystal supposed to have the property of exhibiting images of persons or things not present, indicating in that way future events.