I. verb (showed; shown or showed; showing) Etymology: Middle English shewen, showen, from Old English scēawian to look, look at, see; akin to Old High German scouwōn to look, look at, and probably to Latin cavēre to be on one's guard Date: 12th century transitive verb 1. to cause or permit to be seen ; exhibit <
showed pictures of the baby
2. to offer for sale <
stores were showing new spring suits
3. to present as a public spectacle ; perform 4. to reveal by one's condition, nature, or behavior <
showed themselves to be cowards
5. to give indication or record of <
an anemometer shows wind speed
6. a. to point out ; direct attention to <
showed the view from the terrace
b. conduct, usher <
showed me to an aisle seat
7. accord, bestow <
shows them no mercy
8. a. to set forth ; declare b. allege, plead — used especially in law <
show cause
9. a. to demonstrate or establish by argument or reasoning <
show a plan to be faulty
b. inform, instruct <
showed me how to solve the problem
10. to present (an animal) for judging in a show intransitive verb 1. a. to be or come in view <
3:15 showed on the clock
b. to put in an appearance <
failed to show
2. a. to appear in a particular way <
anger showed in their faces
b. seem, appear 3. a. to give a theatrical performance b. to be staged or presented 4. a. to appear as a contestant b. to present an animal in a show 5. to finish third or at least third (as in a horse race) 6. to exhibit one's artistic work • showable adjective Synonyms: show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine <
showed her snapshots to the whole group
. exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly <
exhibit paintings at a gallery
. display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage <
display sale items
. expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying <
sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers
. parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying <
parading their piety for all to see
. flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading <
nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth
. Synonyms: show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent. show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words <
careful not to show his true feelings
. manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation <
manifested musical ability at an early age
. evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something <
a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service
. evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs <
evinced not the slightest fear
. demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling <
demonstrated their approval by loud applause
. II. noun Usage: often attributive Date: 13th century 1. a demonstrative display <
a show of strength
2. a. archaic outward appearance b. a false semblance ; pretense <
made a show of friendship
c. a more or less true appearance of something ; sign d. an impressive display <
his role as househusband…was purely for show — John Lahr
e. ostentation 3. chance 2 <
gave him a show in spite of his background
4. something exhibited especially for wonder or ridicule ; spectacle 5. a. a large display or exhibition arranged to arouse interest or stimulate sales <
the national auto show
b. a competitive exhibition of animals (as dogs) to demonstrate quality in breeding 6. a. a theatrical presentation b. a radio or television program c. entertainment 3b(1) 7. enterprise, affair <
they ran the whole show
8. third place at the finish (as of a horse race) 9. often capitalized the major leagues in baseball — used with the

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