- show ► VERB (past part. shown or showed) 1) be, allow, or make visible. 2) exhibit or produce for inspection or viewing. 3) represent or depict in art. 4) display or allow to be perceived (a quality, emotion, or characteristic). 5) demonstrate or prove. 6) treat (someone) with (a specified quality). 7) explain or demonstrate something to. 8) conduct or lead: show them in, please. 9) (also show up) informal arrive for an appointment or at a gathering. 10) N. Amer. finish third or in the first three in a race.► NOUN 1) a spectacle or display. 2) a play or other stage performance, especially a musical. 3) a light entertainment programme on television or radio. 4) an event or competition involving the public display of animals, plants, or products. 5) informal an undertaking, project, or organization: I run the show. 6) an outward appearance or display of a quality or feeling. 7) (often in phrase for show) an outward display intended to give a false impression.● get the show on the road — Cf. ↑get the show on the road● good (or bad or poor) show! — Cf. ↑poor show!● on show — Cf. ↑on show● show someone a clean pair of heels — Cf. ↑show someone a clean pair of heels● show someone the door — Cf. ↑show someone the door● show one's hand (or cards) — Cf. ↑show one's hand● show off — Cf. ↑show off● show of force — Cf. ↑show of force● show of hands — Cf. ↑show of hands● show oneself (or one's face) — Cf. ↑show oneself● show round — Cf. ↑show round● show one's teeth — Cf. ↑show one's teeth● show up — Cf. ↑show up● show willing — Cf. ↑show willingORIGIN Old English, «look at, inspect».
English terms dictionary. 2015.