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(1)   The act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
"A remarkable show of skill"
(2)   Pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression
"They try to keep up appearances"
"That ceremony is just for show"
(3)   A social event involving a public performance or entertainment
"They wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"
(4)   Something intended to communicate a particular impression
"Made a display of strength"
"A show of impatience"
"A good show of looking interested"


(5)   Establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
"The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"
"The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
(6)   Indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
"The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"
"The gauge read `empty'"
(7)   Give evidence of, as of records
"The diary shows his distress that evening"
(8)   Indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
"I showed the customer the glove section"
"He pointed to the empty parking space"
"He indicated his opponents"
(9)   Give expression to
"She showed her disappointment"
(10)   Provide evidence for
"The blood test showed that he was the father"
"Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
(11)   Finish third or better in a horse or dog race
"He bet $2 on number six to show"
(12)   Show in, or as in, a picture
"This scene depicts country life"
"The face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting"
(13)   Show (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums
"The usher showed us to our seats"
(14)   Make visible or noticeable
"She showed her talent for cooking"
"Show me your etchings, please"
(15)   Be or become visible or noticeable
"His good upbringing really shows"
"The dirty side will show"
(16)   Make clear and visible
"The article revealed the policies of the government"
(17)   Show or demonstrate something to an interested audience
"She shows her dogs frequently"
"We will demo the new software in Washington"


scēawian, from West Germanic *skauwojanan. Cognate with Dutch schouwen and German schauen.


  1. To display, to have somebody see something.
  2. To indicate (a fact) to be true; to demonstrate.


  1. A play, dance, or other entertainment.
  2. An exhibition of items.
    art show
    dog show
  3. A demonstration.
    show of force
  4. A broadcast program/programme.
    radio show
    television show
  5. A movie.
    Let's catch a show.
  6. mere display with no substance
    The dog sounds ferocious but it's all show.


exhibition, exposition demonstration, illustration, proof program(me) façade, front, superficiality