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English noun: show

1. show (act) the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining

SamplesA remarkable show of skill.

Broader (hypernym)amusement, entertainment

Narrower (hyponym)Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, cabaret, carnival, circus, demonstration, demonstration, display, dog show, entr'acte, exhibit, fair, floor show, floorshow, funfair, horseshow, ice show, interlude, intermezzo, presentation, presentment, raree-show, road show, showing, sideshow, Wild West Show

2. show (communication) something intended to communicate a particular impression

SamplesMade a display of strength.
A show of impatience.
A good show of looking interested.


Broader (hypernym)demo, demonstration

Narrower (hyponym)big stick, gaudery, pomp

3. show (communication) a social event involving a public performance or entertainment

SamplesThey wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway.

Broader (hypernym)social event

Narrower (hyponym)attraction, broadcast, burlesque, choreography, film, flick, galanty show, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, performance, pic, picture, picture show, play, program, programme, public presentation, puppet play, puppet show, shadow play, shadow show, stage dancing, variety, variety show

4. show (act) pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression

SamplesThey try to keep up appearances.
That ceremony is just for show.


Broader (hypernym)feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation

English verb: show

1. show (perception) give an exhibition of to an interested audience

SamplesShe shows her dogs frequently.
We will demo the new software in Washington.

ExamplesThe parents show a French poem to the children, The parents show the children a French poem

Synonymsdemo, demonstrate, exhibit, present

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody with something

Broader (hypernym)show

Narrower (hyponym)bring home

2. show (cognition) establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment

SamplesThe experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound.
The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture.

Synonymsdemonstrate, establish, prove, shew

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain

Narrower (hyponym)contradict, negate, prove, prove oneself, stultify

Antonymsconfute, disprove

3. show (communication) provide evidence for

SamplesThe blood test showed that he was the father.
Her behavior testified to her incompetence.

ExamplesThey show that there was a traffic accident

Synonymsbear witness, evidence, prove, testify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)inform

Narrower (hyponym)abduce, adduce, attest, certify, cite, demonstrate, evidence, manifest, presume

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

4. show (perception) make visible or noticeable

SamplesShe showed her talent for cooking.
Show me your etchings, please.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Narrower (hyponym)bring out, define, delineate, demo, demonstrate, display, do justice, etch, exhibit, exhibit, expose, flash, fly, give, peep, present, project, reflect, reveal, screen, show, uncover, unveil


Antonymsconceal, hide

5. show (creation) show in, or as in, a picture

SamplesThis scene depicts country life.
The face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting.

Synonymsdepict, picture, render

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)interpret, represent

Narrower (hyponym)illustrate, map

Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

6. show (communication) give expression to

SamplesShe showed her disappointment.

Synonymsevince, express

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)convey

Narrower (hyponym)accent, accentuate, articulate, beam, burst out, connote, emphasise, emphasize, evoke, exude, formulate, give, give vent, give voice, imply, imply, menace, paint a picture, phrase, punctuate, smile, sneer, stress, suggest, vent, ventilate, word

7. show (communication) indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively

SamplesI showed the customer the glove section.
He pointed to the empty parking space.
He indicated his opponents.

Synonymsdesignate, indicate, point

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)inform

Narrower (hyponym)call attention, finger, point, point out, reflect, signalise, signalize

8. show (perception) be or become visible or noticeable

SamplesHis good upbringing really shows.
The dirty side will show.

ExamplesThe moon will soon show

Synonymsshow up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)appear

Narrower (hyponym)register

9. show (communication) indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

SamplesThe thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero.
The gauge read `empty'.

Synonymsread, record, register

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)indicate

Narrower (hyponym)say, show, strike

10. show (communication) give evidence of, as of records

SamplesThe diary shows his distress that evening.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)read, record, register, show

Narrower (hyponym)attest, surcharge

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

SamplesThe usher showed us to our seats.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)conduct, direct, guide, lead, take

Narrower (hyponym)marshal

12. show (competition) finish third or better in a horse or dog race

SamplesHe bet $2 on number six to show.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)race, run

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