(noun, verb)


1. the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining

- a remarkable show of skill

Definition categories: act, amusement, entertainment

2. something intended to communicate a particular impression

- a show of impatience

- a good show of looking interested

Similar word(s): display

Definition categories: communication, demo, demonstration

3. a social event involving a public performance or entertainment

- they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway

Definition categories: communication

4. pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression

- that ceremony is just for show

Similar word(s): appearance

Definition categories: act, feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation

Sentences with show as a noun:

- art show;

- show of force

- radio show;

- Let's catch a show.

- The dog sounds ferocious but it's all show.

- Let's get on with the show.

- He played AA ball for years, but never made it to the show.


1. give an exhibition of to an interested audience

- She shows her dogs frequently

Similar word(s): demo, demonstrate, exhibit, present

Definition categories: perception, show

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

- The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture

Similar word(s): demonstrate, establish, prove, shew

Definition categories: cognition, affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain

3. provide evidence for

- The blood test showed that he was the father

Similar word(s): evidence, prove, testify

Definition categories: communication, inform

4. make visible or noticeable

- She showed her talent for cooking

- Show me your etchings, please

Definition categories: perception

5. show in, or as in, a picture

Similar word(s): depict, picture, render

Definition categories: creation, interpret, represent

6. give expression to

- She showed her disappointment

Similar word(s): evince, express

Definition categories: communication, convey

7. indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively

- I showed the customer the glove section

Similar word(s): designate, indicate, point

Definition categories: communication, inform

8. be or become visible or noticeable

- His good upbringing really shows

- The dirty side will show

Definition categories: perception, appear

9. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

- The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero

Similar word(s): read, record, register

Definition categories: communication, indicate

10. give evidence of, as of records

- The diary shows his distress that evening

Definition categories: communication, read, record, register, show

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

- The usher showed us to our seats

Similar word(s): usher

Definition categories: motion, conduct, direct, guide, lead, take

12. finish third or better in a horse or dog race

- he bet $2 on number six to show

Definition categories: competition, race, run

Sentences with show as a verb:

- 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.

- to show mercy; to show favour

- Could you please show him on his way. He has overstayed his welcome.

- Your bald patch is starting to show.

- We waited for an hour, but they never showed.

- In the third race: Aces Up won, paying eight dollars; Blarney Stone placed, paying three dollars; and Cinnamon showed, paying five dollars.