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1 a public exhibition of entertainment; "a remarkable show of skill"
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]


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, demonstrate]
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, evince]
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" [also: shown]shown See show

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  1. past participle of show

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