show Definition

  • 1to cause or allow something to be seen; display
  • 2a public entertainment, such as a play, film, or concert
  • 3a display of items for sale, especially at an exhibition

Using show: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "show" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He showed me his new car.

  • Example

    The museum is showing a collection of paintings by Picasso.

  • Example

    The company is showing a profit this quarter.

show Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using show

  • to attract the most attention and praise


    The lead actor really stole the show with his performance.

  • to perform or behave in an exaggerated or theatrical manner


    She put on a show of being angry, but I could tell she wasn't really upset.

  • to reveal one's real character or intentions, especially when they are unpleasant or dishonest


    After he got the promotion, he showed his true colors and started treating his colleagues badly.

Phrases with show

  • to behave in a way that is intended to attract attention or admiration, often in a boastful or conceited manner


    He's always showing off his expensive watch.

  • show up

    to appear or arrive, especially unexpectedly or at the last moment


    She didn't show up for the meeting.

  • to give someone a tour of a place


    I'll show you around the city when you come to visit.

Origins of show

from Old English 'sceawian', meaning 'to look at'


Summary: show in Brief

The term 'show' [ʃoʊ] refers to displaying or exhibiting something, whether it be an object or a performance. It can also refer to a public entertainment or a display of items for sale. Phrases like 'show off' and 'show up' denote behavior or appearance, while idioms like 'steal the show' and 'put on a show' imply attention-grabbing or theatrical actions.

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