shows; showed/ˈʃoʊd/; shown/ˈʃoʊn/orshowed; showing shows; showed/ˈʃoʊd/; shown/ˈʃoʊn/orshowed; showing
Learner's definition of SHOW
1 [+ object] : to cause or allow (something) to be seen
He showed her a picture. = He showed a picture to her.
You have to show your tickets/passports at the gate.
You're the only person that I've shown this letter to.
Give them a chance to show (you) what they can do.
2 [+ object] : to give information that proves (something)
The study/research shows (that there is) a link between cigarettes and lung cancer.
The medication has been shown [=proven] to reduce high blood pressure.
They showed the theory to be faulty.
He seemed perfectly healthy before he had his heart attack. That just goes to show [=shows, proves] that appearances can be deceptive.
3 [+ object] : to teach (someone) how to do or use something especially by letting that person see you do or use it
You will have to show me how to play the game.
He showed them a card trick.
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4 [+ object] : to tell (someone) what or where something is by touching or pointing to it
Show me which video game you want to play.
She showed me where Laos was on the globe.
Show me where it hurts.
The guide showed us the church. [=pointed to the different parts of the church and told us about them]
5 always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to lead (someone) to a place
He showed us to our seats.
Please show him in/out. [=lead him to the entrance/exit]
She showed them the way to the door.
6 [+ object] — used to describe what can be seen or noticed when you look at or examine something 7 [+ object] : to have an image or picture of (someone or something) 8 : to give (information) in the form of numbers, pictures, etc.
9 a [no object] : to be able to be seen or noticed
— sometimes + up b [+ object] : to cause or allow (something) to be easily seen or noticed
The sun showed through the clouds.
The scar hardly shows.
Pull down your skirt. Your slip is showing. [=I can see your slip]
He's been working out a lot, and it shows.
10 a [+ object] : to cause or allow (a feeling, quality, or condition) to be seen or known
b [no object], of a feeling, quality, or condition : to be able to be seen
The expression on his face showed how disappointed he was.
She is not afraid of showing her true feelings.
Show your support by wearing one of these yellow ribbons.
When you say you dislike computers, you're really showing your age.
11 [+ object] : to give (mercy, respect, etc.) to someone
The judge showed no mercy.
Students must show respect for their teachers. = Students must show their teachers respect.
Please show some compassion.
12 [+ object] : to cause (someone) to see your true ability, power, etc.
They think I'm too old to run the race, but I'll show them! [=I'll run the race and prove that I'm not too old to do it]
He thinks he can tell me what to do, but I'll show him who's boss.
13 : to make (a movie, television show, piece of art, etc.) available for the public to see
14 [no object], chiefly US, informal : to arrive or appear at a place — usually + up 15 : to enter (an animal) in a competition in which it is judged against other animals of the same kind
16 — used in phrases like have something/nothing to show for to say what someone has achieved or produced by doing something
We worked all day but had nothing to show for it. [=we worked all day but did not achieve/accomplish anything]
He invested millions of dollars into the company, but he has little to show for it.
She has two Olympic gold medals to show for her years of training and practice. [=she won two Olympic gold medals as a result of her years of training and practice]
show around[phrasal verb]also Britishshow round
show (someone) around/round
: to act as a guide for someone who is visiting a place : to lead (someone) around a place and point to and talk about the interesting or important things you see
show off[phrasal verb]informal
1 disapproving : to try to impress someone with your abilities or possessions 2 show off (someone or something) or show (someone or something) off : to cause (someone or something that you are proud of) to be seen or noticed by a lot of people 3 show off (something) or show (something) off : to make (something) very noticeable
show (someone) the door, show (someone) to the door
show up[phrasal verb]
show up (someone)informal or show (someone) up
: to embarrass (someone) : to do something that makes (someone) look foolish, weak, etc.
: to show that you are willing and eager to do what is needed
show your face
: to appear in public and allow people to see you
show your handalsoshow your cards
1 : to put down your playing cards on a table so that their values can be seen 2 : to tell other people what you are planning to do, want to do, or are able to do
1 : to move out from a hidden place so that you can be seen 2 : to show that you are a particular kind of person, that you have a particular skill, etc. — followed by to + verb
Learner's definition of SHOW
1 a : a performance in a theater that usually includes singing and dancing b : a public performance that is intended to entertain people — sometimes used figuratively 2 [count] : a television or radio program 3 [count] : an event at which things of the same kind are put on display for people to look at or buy
4 a : an action, performance, etc., which clearly shows an ability, feeling, quality, etc. — usually + of
b : an event at which something is done or shown to impress or entertain people — usually + of
a show of the country's great military strength
a remarkable show of generosity
All of the students signed the petition in a show of unity/solidarity with their classmate.
5 disapproving : an act of pretending to feel a particular way : an act of behaving a certain way in order to make others like or approve of you
[count] — usually singular — usually + of
He made a great show of friendship.
She put on a big show of sympathy, but she really didn't care about his troubles.
6 [singular] : an event, business, etc., and all of the activities that are involved in its success 7 [count] : a competition at which animals of the same kind are judged against one another
a show of hands
: an occurrence in which people put a hand in the air to indicate that they want something, agree with something, etc.
1 : intended to be seen but not used or bought 2 : done in order to make others like or approve of you
get the/this show on the roadinformal
: to begin an activity or journey
: put somewhere for people to see
Her paintings are on show [=on display] at the art gallery.
The artifacts will be put on show in the museum.
His work goes on show tomorrow.
the show must go oninformal
— used to say that a performance, event, etc., must continue even though there are problems