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Verb: show (showed,shown)  show
  1. Give an exhibition of to an interested audience
    "She shows her dogs frequently";
    - demo, exhibit, present, demonstrate, showcase
  2. Make clear the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
    "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture";
    - prove, demonstrate, establish, shew [Brit, archaic]
  3. (law) provide evidence for
    "The blood test showed that he was the father";
    - testify, bear witness, prove, evidence, witness
  4. Make visible or noticeable
    "She showed her talent for cooking"; "Show me your etchings, please"
  5. (art) show in, or as in, a picture
    "This scene shows country life";
    - picture, depict, render
  6. Make evident or clear
    "She showed her disappointment";
    - express, evince [formal]
  7. Make clear (e.g. with a sign) which place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
    "I showed the customer the glove section";
    - indicate, point, designate
  8. Be or become visible or noticeable
    "His good upbringing really shows"; "The dirty side will show"; "His good upbringing really shows up";
    - show up
  9. Indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
    "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero";
    - read, register, record
  10. Give evidence of, as of records
    "The diary shows his distress that evening"
  11. Take (someone) to their seats, as in theatres or auditoriums
    "he showed us to our seats";
    - usher
  12. Finish third or better in a horse or dog race
    "he bet $2 on number six to show"
Noun: show  show
  1. An act or social event involving a public performance or entertainment
    "a remarkable show of skill"
  2. Something intended to communicate a particular impression
    "a show of impatience"; "a good show of looking interested";
    - display
  3. Pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
    "that ceremony is just for show";
    - appearance

Derived forms: shows, shown, showed, showing

See also: swank [informal]

Type of: affirm, amusement, appear, conduct, confirm, convey, corroborate, demo, demonstration, direct, entertainment, feigning, guide, indicate, inform, interpret, lead, pretence [Brit, Cdn], pretending, pretense [N. Amer], race, represent, run, simulation, substantiate, support, sustain, take

Antonym: hide

Encyclopedia: Show, do not tell