show1 W1S1 [ʃəu US ʃou] v past tense showed past participle shown [ʃəun US ʃoun]
1¦(let somebody see)¦
2¦(prove something)¦
4¦(explain with actions)¦
5¦(picture/map etc)¦
6¦(guide somebody)¦
7¦(point at something)¦
9¦(be easy to see)¦
13 I'll show him/them etc
14 have something to show for something
15 show your face
16 show your hand
19 show somebody in a good/bad etc light
20 show somebody the door
21 show (somebody) who's boss
22 show the way
23 show a leg!
24 show (somebody) a clean pair of heels
Phrasal verbs
 show somebody around (something)
 show off
 show somebody over something
 show up
[: Old English; Origin: sceawian 'to look, look at, see']
to let someone see something
show sb sth
The children proudly showed me their presents.
show sth to sb
Show your ticket to the woman at the entrance.
The man grinned, showing bad teeth.
to provide facts or information that make it clear that something is true, that something exists, or that something has happened
Figures showed a 9% rise in inflation.
Gary has shown his faith in the club's future by agreeing to stay on.
show (that)
Mike needed a copy of the will to show that the books had been left to him.
show sb (that)
We have shown our critics that we can succeed.
show how
This document shows how to oppose bad decisions about new housing.
show what
She just wants a chance to show what she can do.
show sb/sth to be sth
Charles showed himself to be a fine leader.
be shown to be/do sth
The campaign has been shown to be a waste of money.
The new treatment has been shown to reduce the number of deaths.
studies/evidence/research etc shows
Several studies have shown that aggressive toys lead to bad behaviour.
The Polish economy began to show signs of recovery.
It just goes to show (=proves) how much people judge each other on how they look.
to let your feelings, attitudes, or personal qualities be clearly seen
Think positively and show some determination.
She had learned not to show her emotions .
It was the sound a man might make when in pain but trying not to show it.
Mary showed great interest in the children.
to explain to someone how to do something, by doing it yourself or using actions to help them learn
show sb how
Show me how the gun works.
show sb how to do sth
Maureen showed Peter how to feed the young animals.
show sb sth
Can you show Lucy the way to slice onions?
if a picture, map etc shows something, you can see it on the picture, map etc
I want a photograph that shows his face.
The map shows the main rivers of the region.
to go with someone and guide them to a place
show sb to/into sth
Can you show Mrs Davies to the bathroom?
show sb out/in
I can show myself out (=out of the office or house) .
show sb sth
Come on, I'll show you the way .
to let someone see where a place or thing is, especially by pointing to it
show sb where
Can you show me exactly where he fell?
8.) ¦(FILM/TELEVISION)¦ [I and T]
to make a film or television programme available on a screen for people to see, or to be on a screen
The film was shown on television last night.
The match was shown live (=could be seen on television while it was being played) .
It's now showing at cinemas across London.
9.) ¦(BE EASY TO SEE)¦
if something shows, it is easy to see
His happiness showed in his face.
Her scar doesn't show, because her hair covers it.
Stephen was worried and it showed.
10.)¦(DIRT/MARK)¦ [T]
if material shows the dirt or a mark, it is easy to see the dirt or mark on it
Light-coloured clothes tend to show the dirt.
to have an increase or decrease in something, or a profit or loss
The price of players is the reason why many football clubs show big losses on their balance sheets.
Recent elections have shown significant gains by right-wing groups.
12.) ¦(ART/PICTURES)¦ [T]
to put a group of paintings or other works of art in one place so that people can come and see them
Her recent sculptures are being shown at the Hayward Gallery.
The Whitney Museum was the first to show Mapplethorpe's photographs.
13.) I'll show him/them etc
[i]spoken used to say that you will prove to someone that you are better, more effective etc than they think you are
14.) have sth to show for sth
to have something as a result of what you have been doing
If he fails his exams, he'll have nothing to show for his time at school.
She had plenty of money to show for all her work.
15.) show your face
if you will not show your face somewhere, you will not go there because you have a good reason to feel ashamed or embarrassed about being there
She never shows her face around here.
16.) show your hand
to make your true power or intentions clear, especially after you have been keeping them secret
There were so many rumours that the company was forced to show its hand.
17.) ¦(ANIMAL)¦ [T]
to put an animal into a competition with other animals
Do you plan to show your dogs?
18.) ¦(ARRIVE)¦ also show up
[i]informal especially AmE to arrive at the place where someone is waiting for you
I went to meet Hank, but he never showed.
19.) show sb in a good/bad etc light
if an action shows you in a good or bad light, it makes people have a good or bad opinion of you
During an interview you need to show yourself in the best possible light.
20.) show sb the door
to make it clear that someone is not welcome and should leave
21.) show (sb) who's boss informal
to prove to someone who is threatening your authority that you are more powerful than they are
You've got to show your dog who's boss. When you say sit, he should sit.
22.) show the way
if you show the way for other people, you do something new that others then try to copy
23.) show a leg!
BrE spoken used to tell someone to get out of bed
24.) show (sb) a clean pair of heels
BrE old-fashioned informal to run away very fast
show around () [show sb around (sth)] phr v
to go around a place with someone when they first arrive there, to show them what is interesting, useful etc
Harrison showed her around the house.
show off phr v
1.) to try to make people admire your abilities, achievements, or possessions - used to show disapproval
He couldn't resist showing off on the tennis court.
2.) show sth<=>off
to show something to a lot of people because you are very proud of it
a picture of the restaurant's owners showing off their award
3.) show sth<=>off
if one thing shows off something else, it makes the other thing look especially attractive
The white dress showed off her dark skin beautifully.
show over [show sb over sth] phr v
to guide someone through an interesting building or a house that is for sale
Ingrid has a job showing visitors over the castle.
show up phr v
1.) informal to arrive, especially at the place where someone is waiting for you
= ↑turn up
Seth showed up, apologising for being late.
We had 200 people show up for our seminar.
2.) show sth<=>up
to make it possible to see or notice something that was not clear before
The sunlight showed up the marks on the window.
3.) to be easy to see or notice
Use a light colour which will show up on a dark background.
4.) show sb<=>up
to make someone feel embarrassed by behaving in a stupid or unacceptable way when you are with them
She says I showed her up in front of her friends when they came to the house.
show 2
show2 W1S1 n
3¦(collection of things to see)¦
4 on show
5 a show of something
6¦(pretended act)¦
7 for show
8¦(colourful scene)¦
11 put up a good/poor etc show
12 let's get this show on the road
13 (jolly) good show
a performance for the public, especially one that includes singing, dancing, or jokes
I enjoyed the show immensely.
The show starts at 7:30 pm.
They've come to town to see a Broadway show.
Perry was the star of the show .
2.) ¦(TV/RADIO)¦
a programme on television or on the radio
a TV show
a television quiz show (=a show in which people compete to answer questions)
The senator appeared on the CBS show 'Face the Nation'.
Presenter Fiona Harper will be hosting the show (=introducing guests) .
an occasion when a lot of similar things are brought together in one place so that people can come and look at them
the Paris Boat Show
a fashion show for charity
Kelly has a show of her latest work opening shortly.
4.) on show
being shown to the public
Paintings by Matisse are on show at the New York Gallery.
The designer clothes will go on show in Chicago next month.
Local antiques will be put on show in a new building especially built for the collection.
5.) a show of sth
an occasion when someone deliberately shows a particular feeling, attitude, or quality
I felt I should make a show of dignity.
The award will be seen as a show of support.
show of strength/force
a strong and determined show of force by the police
6.) ¦(PRETENDED ACT)¦ [singular, U]
when you pretend to do or feel something
= ↑pretence show of
a show of gratitude
Susan put on a show of regret all day.
The waiter made a show of wiping the table.
7.) for show
with the purpose of looking attractive or impressive rather than being useful
He does actually play his guitar - it's not just for show.
8.) ¦(COLOURFUL SCENE)¦ [singular]
an impressive scene, especially one that is very colourful
show of
a glorious show of colour in the rose garden
Maple trees put on their best show in the autumn.
a competition between similar things or animals to choose the best
The dog show was being held in the Agricultural Hall.
10.)¦(EVENT/SITUATION)¦ [singular] informal
something which is being done or organized
We need to find someone to run the show (=be in charge) .
11.) put up a good/poor etc show informal
to perform, play etc well or badly
Our team put up a pretty good show, but we lost in the end.
12.) let's get this show on the road
spoken used to tell people it is time to start working or start a journey
13.) (jolly) good show
BrE old-fashioned spoken used to express your approval of something
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