Show v. t. [imp. Showed p. p. Shown or Showed; p. pr. & vb. n. Showing. It is sometimes written shew, shewed, shewn, shewing.]
1. To exhibit or present to view; to place in sight; to display; -- the thing exhibited being the object, and often with an indirect object denoting the person or thing seeing or beholding; as, to show a house; show your colors; shopkeepers show customers goods (show goods to customers).
Go thy way, shew thyself to the priest. --Matt. viii. 4.
Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise
Magnificence; and what can heaven show more? --Milton.
2. To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known; as, to show one's designs.
Shew them the way wherein they must walk. --Ex. xviii. 20.
If it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away. --1 Sam. xx. 13.
3. Specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence, to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct; as, to show a person into a parlor; to show one to the door.
4. To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to evince; as, to show the truth of a statement; to show the causes of an event.
I 'll show my duty by my timely care. --Dryden.
5. To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to show favor.
Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me. --Ex. xx. 6.
To show forth, to manifest; to publish; to proclaim.
To show his paces, to exhibit the gait, speed, or the like; -- said especially of a horse.
To show off, to exhibit ostentatiously.
To show up, to expose. [Colloq.]
Shown p. p. of Show.
n 1: a public exhibition of entertainment; "a remarkable show of
2: something intended to communicate a particular impression;
"made a display of strength"; "a show of impatience"; "a
good show of looking interested" [syn: display]
3: a public exhibition or entertainment; "they wanted to see
some of the shows on Broadway"
4: 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" [syn: appearance]
v 1: show or demonstrate something to an interested audience;
"She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new
software in Washington" [syn: demo, exhibit, present,
2: 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" [syn: prove, demonstrate,
establish, shew] [ant: disprove]
3: provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the
father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
[syn: testify, bear witness, prove, evidence]
4: make visible or noticeable; "She showed her talent for
cooking"; "Show me your etchings, please" [ant: hide]
5: 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" [syn: picture, depict, render]
6: give expression to; "She showed her disappointment" [syn: express,
7: 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" [syn: indicate, point]
8: make clear and visible; "The article revealed the policies
of the government" [syn: reveal, display]
9: be or become visible or noticeable; "His good upbringing
really shows"; "The dirty side will show" [syn: show up]
10: indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments; "The
thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero"; "The
gauge read `empty'" [syn: read, register, record]
11: give evidence of, as of records; "The diary shows his
distress that evening"
12: show (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or
auditoriums; "The usher showed us to our seats" [syn: usher]
13: finish third or better in a horse or dog race; "he bet $2 on
number six to show"