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Show appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Silly Sally Shouldnort shaved sheep she should show soon so selling sheep shaved showed she shouldn't show shaved sheep so soon.
    (by James Norton)

Show appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Show mangled quartz flip vibe exactly. (32 letters)
  • Vexed funky camp juggler quit show biz. (32 letters)
  • Quiz explained for TV show by Mick Jagger. (34 letters)
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Show appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Eva, can irony made from raw 'oh’s show armor fed a mynor in a cave?
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Usage statistics for the verb show:

spoken English34.89%written English65.11% conversational speech41.59%task-oriented speech58.41% imaginative writing34.43%informational writing65.57%
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Show is sometimes a misspelling of should, shown, sure or So.

The word show is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun show

What does show mean as a name of something?

Show is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: shows

  1. the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
  2. something intended to communicate a particular impression
    • examples: a show of impatience | a good show of looking interested
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of show: display
    • more generic words: demo / demonstration = a visual presentation showing how something works
    • more specific terms:
  3. a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
  4. pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression

Alternative definition of the noun show

noun

  1. [countable] A play, dance, or other entertainment.
  2. [countable] An exhibition of items.
  3. [countable] A demonstration.
  4. [countable] A broadcast program/programme.
  5. [countable] A movie.
  6. [uncountable] Mere display with no substance
  7. A project or presentation.
  8. [baseball, with “the”] The major leagues.

Definition of the verb show

What does show mean as a doing word?

Show is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
 showedshownshowingshows
 showedshowedshowingshows

  1. give an exhibition of to an interested audience
  2. establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment
    • example: The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to be [Predicate]He asserts himself to be the world's foremost authorityVerbs with Predicative Complements: admit, affirm, assert, attest, aver, avouch, avow, claim, confirm, contend, discover, grant, guarantee, maintain, observe, reaffirm
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]The prisoner admitted that he may have been in the area
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]The prisoner admitted his guilt
      [Cause] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]This indicates how she did itIndicate Verbs: affirm, confirm, demonstrate, disclose, establish, prove, reaffirm, reveal, verify
      [Cause] [Verb] [Topic, to be]This indicates him to be the thief
      [Cause] [Verb] [Topic, wh-complement clause]This indicates whether he is the thief
      [Cause] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]This indicates how to do it
      [Cause] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]This indicates what he should do
      [Cause] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause]This indicates it
      [Cause] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]This indicates to us how it happended
      [Cause] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]This indicates to us that they had stolen money
      [Cause] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-complement clause]This indicates to me whether they did it
      [Cause] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, what-extraction]This indicates to me what he is
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]I presented a solutionVerbs of Reflexive Appearance: announce, assert, declare, define, exhibit, expose, express, flaunt, form, intrude, manifest, offer, pose, present, proffer, propose, recommend, reveal, shape, suggest
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]I presented a solution to him
      [Theme] [Verb] [Oblique, reflexive]A solution presented itself yesterday
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of show: demonstrate / establish / prove / shew
    • more generic words: affirm / confirm / corroborate / substantiate / support / sustain = establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
    • more specific terms:
  3. provide evidence for
  4. make visible or noticeable
  5. show in, or as in, a picture
  6. give expression to
  7. indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
    • example: I showed the customer the glove section
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]I explained
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]Wanda taught the students
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]He asked him how he came | She told him how he did it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, object control with infinitive]Wanda asked me to present a new proposal
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]John informed me that his situation had changed | She told him that he should not go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, what-extraction]I asked him what he was doing | She told him what she was doing
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked him what to do | She told him what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Topic, not sentential clause]Wanda taught the students French
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] about [Topic, arbitrary control with -ing]Wanda told me about climbing the mountain
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause]I explained the matter
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, not sentential clause] to [Recipient]I explained the matter to them | They confessed it to us
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source]I explained from Simone de Beauvoir's essay on the Marquis de Sade
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, how-extraction]I explained to her how it can be done | They confessed to us how it happened
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I explained to her how to do it

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): teach, tell, write.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of show: designate / indicate / point
    • more generic word: inform = impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to
    • more specific terms:
  8. be or become visible or noticeable
    • examples: His good upbringing really shows | The dirty side will show | The moon will soon show
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of show: show up
    • more generic word: appear = come into sight or view
    • more specific word: register = show in one's face
  9. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
    • example: The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of show: read / record / register
    • more generic word: indicate = to state or express briefly
    • more specific words:
      • say = indicate
      • strike = indicate (a certain time) by striking
  10. give evidence of, as of records
    • example: The diary shows his distress that evening
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: read / record / register = indicate a certain reading
    • more specific words:
      • attest = establish or verify the usage of
      • surcharge = show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given
  11. take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums
    • example: The usher showed us to our seats
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of show: usher
    • more generic words: conduct / direct / guide / lead / take = take somebody somewhere
    • more specific word: marshal = lead ceremoniously, as in a procession
  12. finish third or better in a horse or dog race
    • example: he bet $2 on number six to show
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic words: race / run = compete in a race

Alternative definition of the verb show

verb

  1. [transitive] To display, to have somebody see (something).
  2. [transitive] To indicate (a fact) to be true; to demonstrate.
  3. [transitive] To guide or escort.
  4. [intransitive] To be visible, to be seen.
  5. [intransitive, informal] To put in an appearance.
  6. [intransitive, informal] To have an enlarged belly and thus be recognizable as pregnant.
  7. [intransitive, racing] To finish third, especially of horses or dogs.

Person

Who is Show?

Show a.k.a. Michael Showalter is an American comedian, actor, writer, and director. He is a member of the sketch comedy trio Stella. Showalter first came to recognition as a cast member on MTV's The State, which aired from 1993 to 1995. He co-wrote and starred in Wet Hot American Summer and he wrote, directed, and starred in The Baxter, with Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux and Elizabeth Banks. Both of these movies featured many of his co-stars from The State, and so do several of his other projects.

Music

  1. "Show" is a live album by English alternative rock band The Cure, released in 1993 and recorded live over two nights at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan in 1992, during the successful Wish tour. Show was also released as a concert video.
  2. "Show" is a live album by the Chicago noise rock band The Jesus Lizard. It was recorded at CBGB's in New York City. It was a joint release by Collision Arts and Warner Bros. subsidiary label Giant Records.
    • genre: Noise rock
    • released on (21 years ago)
  3. "Show" is a studio album by the progressive rock band After Crying.
  4. "Show" is a musical album of Las Pelotas.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  5. "Show" is a musical album of Osmo's Cosmos Band.
    • released on
  6. "Show" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  7. "Show" is a musical album of Allison Moorer.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  8. "Show" is a musical album of Hallo Venray.
    • released on
  9. "Show" is a composition.
  10. "Show" is a musical single of Osmo's Cosmos Band.
    • released on
  11. "Show" is a musical single of Lolita.
    • released on (62 years ago)
  12. "Show" is a composition.
  13. "Show" is a musical single of Karpe Diem.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  14. "Show" is a musical EP of Sweet William.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  15. "Show" is a musical album of Persiana Jones.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  16. "Show" is a musical album of Andreas Tilliander.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  17. "Show" is a musical album of Tommy Olivencia.
  18. "Show" a.k.a. "Linie 3 Show" is a musical album of Linie 3.

Films

  1. "Show" is a Telugu National award winning film released in 2002. Directed by Neelakanta, the film stars Manjula Ghattamaneni and Surya. The film was premiered in the Indian Panorama section at the International Film Festival of India.
  2. "Show" is a 2003 action, comedy, crime, and thriller film written and directed by Maciej Slesicki.
  3. "Show" a.k.a. "Show!" is a 2013 documentary film written and directed by Bohdan Bláhovec.
  4. "Show" is a film.

Miscellanea

  1. Show is a bi-monthly magazine, founded and published by Sean Cummings in 2005. Show is geared toward young urban men and showcases glamour photography of female pin-up models from around the world. Sean Cummings was previously the editorial director of Smooth magazine and both the creator and editorial director of Smooth Girl magazine.
  2. Show: TV Program this subject appeared in.

Phrases with Show

Phrases starting with the word Show:

  1. Show'd
  2. show up
  3. show biz
  4. show off
  5. show-off

Phrases ending with the word Show:

  1. no-show
  2. to show
  3. tv show
  4. Air show
  5. dog show
  6. ice show
  7. chat show
  8. dumb show
  9. game show
  10. Gong Show
  11. Good Show
  12. news show
  13. Poor Show
  14. Quiz Show
  15. road show

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Show

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Google previewMotor World Wholesale (1917)

17— The Louisville show is the aristocrat of motor shows. Though not the largest show of the year,

Google previewCritical Management Perspectives on Information Systems (2009)

by Carole Brooke

As you know, the Punch and Judy show is a harmless form of children's entertainment from a long and well-established tradition – a set of familiar characters and some repetitive routines that demonstrate appropriate morality and social ...

Google previewThe Motor World (1915)

They are: l—The show is a money-maker. Last year it...

Google previewEnglish synonymes, with copious illustrations and explanations (1858)

drawn from the best writers by George Crabb

As applied to things, show is a more positive term than mark or indicate; that which shows serves as a proof; The glow-worm...

To show is an indefinite action applied to every object : we may snow that which belongs to others, as well as ...

Google previewListverse.com's Ultimate Book of Bizarre Lists (2010)

Fascinating Facts and Shocking Trivia on Movies, Music, Crime, Celebrities, History, and More by Jamie Frater

ShowS. A freak show is an exhibition of rarities, “freaks of nature”—such as unusually tall or short humans, or people with both male and female secondary sexual...

Google previewHobbes, Locke, and Confusion's Masterpiece (2003)

An Examination of Seventeenth-Century Political Philosophy by Ross Harrison

wants to show is that this is not so. There are no such independendy accessible standards. Of course there is natural law. Of course there are the truths of justice. Of course there is God commanding right action. (We have seen that whether ...

Google previewSpectacular Nature (1997)

Corporate Culture and the Sea World Experience by Susan G. Davis

The Shamu show is the piece that pulls the entire park together for Anheuser- Busch. This powerful, if sometimes confusing, performance is seen by nearly all Sea World's customers.1 The Shamu that audiences come to see has multiple parts ...

Google previewCrabb's English Synonymes (1917)

by George Crabb

This is the common idea included in the terms exhibition and representation: but show is a term of vulgar meaning and application; the others have a higher use and signification. The show consists of that which merely pleases the eye; it is not ...

Google previewCrabb's English Synonyms

by George Crabb

This is the common idea included in the terms exhibition and representation: but show is a term of vulgar meaning and application; the others have a higher use and signification. The show consists of that which merely please the eye; it is not ...

Google previewEnglish Synonyms Explained, in Alphabetical Order (1818)

With Copious Illustrations and Examples Drawn from the Best Writers by George Crabb

This is the common idea included in the terms exhibition and representation : but show is a term of vulgar meaning and application; the others have a higher use and signification. The show cousists of that which merely pleases the eye; it is not ...

Google previewA Century of Musicals in Black and White: An Encyclopedia of Musical Stage Works By, About, or Involving African Americans (1993)

An Encyclopedia of Musical Stage Works By, About, or Involving African Americans by Bernard L. Peterson Jr.

Transitional musical show. 3 parts. Conceived and prod. by John W. Isham, proprietor and manager. The second important show to use beautiful black women as chorus girls, replacing the all-male minstrel chorus. The first was °Sam T. Jack's ...

Google previewThe Epcot Explorer's Encyclopedia (2011)

by R.A. Pedersen

The hybrid show ran with the old films but several physical elements missing until September when it closed again, to reopen on September 15, 1996, as Ellen's Energy Crisis. The ride operated for two weeks while receiving tweaks and edits ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

American Idol With the booming business that reality shows were doing during the early twenty-first century, it seemed like a novel idea to reinvent the hit UK show Pop Idol in the USA, as American Idol (subtitled The Search For A Superstar).

Google previewDictionary of Analytical Reagents on CD-ROM (1995)

by Ruzicka

- DAR Dispjay Dot atoms Search Utilities Help (UnH Show VPA Show Hydrogens ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2013)

Volume 23: Folk Art by Carol Crown, Cheryl Rivers, Charles Reagan Wilson

The show features a wide array of objects from all over the country, including paint-decorated cupboards, dry sinks, cast-iron architectural pieces, mantel clocks, tavern signs, game boards, theorems, miniature paintings, all kinds of textiles, ...

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Usage statistics for the verb show:

spoken English34.89%written English65.11% conversational speech41.59%task-oriented speech58.41% imaginative writing34.43%informational writing65.57%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun show:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb show:

picturedepictexhibitrenderregisterdemonstraterecordexpressindicatepointpresentproveestablishreadshow

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb show and its most common antonym:

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Quotes about Show

He was a degenerate gambler. That is, a man who gambled simply to gamble and must lose. As a hero who goes to war must die. Show me a gambler and I'll show you a loser, show me a hero and I'll show you a corpse. (Mario Puzo)
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Scrabble value of S1H4O1W4

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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