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Definition 1: the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining - [noun denoting act]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a remarkable show of skill

(show is a kind of ...) an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention

(... is a kind of show ) a minor show that is part of a larger one (as at the circus)

(... is a kind of show ) a show on tour

(... is a kind of show ) a show of military force or preparedness

"he confused the enemy with feints and demonstrations"

(... is a kind of show ) a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view

"the presentation of new data" "he gave the customer a demonstration"

(... is a kind of show ) something shown to the public

"the museum had many exhibits of oriental art"

(... is a kind of show ) a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance

(... is a kind of show ) any entertainment performed by ice skaters

(... is a kind of show ) a series of acts at a night club

(... is a kind of show ) a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals

"the children always love to go to the circus"

(... is a kind of show ) a street show

(... is a kind of show ) a competitive exhibition of horses

(... is a kind of show ) a competitive exhibition of dogs

(... is a kind of show ) a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.

(... is a kind of show ) a spectacular show organized in 1883 by William F. Cody that featured horseback riding and marksmanship on a large scale; toured the United States and Europe

Definition 2: pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression - [noun denoting act]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they try to keep up appearances
  • that ceremony is just for show

Synonyms for show in the sense of this definition

(show is a kind of ...) the act of giving a false appearance

"his conformity was only pretending"

Definition 3: a social event involving a public performance or entertainment - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway

(show is a kind of ...) an event characteristic of persons forming groups

(... is a kind of show ) a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances

(... is a kind of show ) a show in which the actors are puppets

(... is a kind of show ) a drama executed by throwing shadows on a wall

(... is a kind of show ) a theatrical performance of a drama

"the play lasted two hours"

(... is a kind of show ) a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease)

(... is a kind of show ) a dramatic or musical entertainment

"they listened to ten different performances" "the play ran for 100 performances" "the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity"

(... is a kind of show ) a radio or television show

"did you see his program last night?"

(... is a kind of show ) an entertainment that is offered to the public

(... is a kind of show ) a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement

"they went to a movie every Saturday night" "the film was shot on location"

(... is a kind of show ) a show involving artistic dancing

Definition 4: something intended to communicate a particular impression - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • made a display of strength
  • a show of impatience
  • a good show of looking interested

Synonyms for show in the sense of this definition

(show is a kind of ...) a visual presentation showing how something works

"the lecture was accompanied by dramatic demonstrations" "the lecturer shot off a pistol as a demonstration of the startle response"

(... is a kind of show ) a display of force or power

"speak softly but carry a big stick"

(... is a kind of show ) cheap or pretentious or vain display

Definition 5: establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment - [verb of cognition]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound
  • The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture

Synonyms for show in the sense of this definition

(show is a kind of ...) establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

"his story confirmed my doubts" "The evidence supports the defendant"

(... is a kind of show ) show one's ability or courage

(... is a kind of show ) prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof

(... is a kind of show ) prove negative; show to be false

(... is a kind of show ) prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence

"nobody is legally allowed to stultify himself"

Definition 6: provide evidence for - [verb of communication]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The blood test showed that he was the father
  • Her behavior testified to her incompetence

Synonyms for show in the sense of this definition

(show is a kind of ...) impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to

"I informed him of his rights"

(... is a kind of show ) provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

"His high fever attested to his illness" "The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication" "This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness"

(... is a kind of show ) constitute reasonable evidence for

"A restaurant bill presumes the consumption of food"

(... is a kind of show ) advance evidence for

(show belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 7: indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively - [verb of communication]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I showed the customer the glove section
  • He pointed to the empty parking space
  • he indicated his opponents

Synonyms for show in the sense of this definition

(show is a kind of ...) impart knowledge of some fact, state of affairs, or event to

"I informed him of his rights"

(... is a kind of show ) indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle

"the dog pointed the dead duck"

(... is a kind of show ) indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments

(... is a kind of show ) point out carefully and clearly

(... is a kind of show ) manifest or bring back

"This action reflects his true beliefs"

Definition 8: give expression to - [verb of communication]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She showed her disappointment

Synonyms for show in the sense of this definition

(show is a kind of ...) (of information) make known; pass on

"She conveyed the message to me"

(... is a kind of show ) express through a scornful smile

"she sneered her contempt"

(... is a kind of show ) express with a beaming face or smile

"he beamed his approval"

(... is a kind of show ) express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture

"he menaced the bank manager with a stick"

(... is a kind of show ) to stress, single out as important

"Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

(... is a kind of show ) put into words or an expression

"He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

(... is a kind of show ) give expression or utterance to

"She vented her anger" "The graduates gave vent to cheers"

(... is a kind of show ) make apparent by one's mood or behavior

"She exudes great confidence"

(... is a kind of show ) manifest or show

"This student gives promise of real creativity" "The office gave evidence of tampering"

(... is a kind of show ) suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic

(... is a kind of show ) call to mind

"this remark evoked sadness"

(... is a kind of show ) give sudden release to an expression

"We burst out laughing" "`I hate you,' she burst out"

(... is a kind of show ) express or state indirectly

(... is a kind of show ) express with a smile

"She smiled her thanks"

Definition 9: give evidence of, as of records - [verb of communication]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The diary shows his distress that evening

(show is a kind of ...) indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

"The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero" "The gauge read `empty'"

(... is a kind of show ) establish or verify the usage of

"This word is not attested until 1993"

(... is a kind of show ) show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given

Definition 10: indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments - [verb of communication]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero
  • The gauge read `empty'

Synonyms for show in the sense of this definition

(show is a kind of ...) to state or express briefly

"indicated his wishes in a letter"

(... is a kind of show ) indicate

"The clock says noon"

(... is a kind of show ) give evidence of, as of records

"The diary shows his distress that evening"

(... is a kind of show ) indicate (a certain time) by striking

"The clock struck midnight" "Just when I entered, the clock struck"

Definition 11: finish third or better in a horse or dog race - [verb of competition]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he bet $2 on number six to show

(show is a kind of ...) compete in a race

"he is running the Marathon this year" "let's race and see who gets there first"

Definition 12: show in, or as in, a picture - [verb of creation]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This scene depicts country life
  • the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting

Synonyms for show in the sense of this definition

(show is a kind of ...) create an image or likeness of

"The painter represented his wife as a young girl"

(... is a kind of show ) depict with an illustration

(... is a kind of show ) depict as if on a map

"sorrow was mapped on the mother's face"

(show belongs to category ...) the creation of beautiful or significant things

"art does not need to be innovative to be good" "I was never any good at art" "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"

Definition 13: take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums - [verb of motion]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The usher showed us to our seats

Synonyms for show in the sense of this definition

(show is a kind of ...) take somebody somewhere

"We lead him to our chief" "can you take me to the main entrance?" "He conducted us to the palace"

(... is a kind of show ) lead ceremoniously, as in a procession

Definition 14: make visible or noticeable - [verb of perception]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She showed her talent for cooking
  • Show me your etchings, please

(... is a kind of show ) present to view

"He gave the sign to start"

(... is a kind of show ) cause to stand out or be clearly defined or visible

"a face etched with pain" "the leafless branches etched against the sky"

(... is a kind of show ) give an exhibition of to an interested audience

"She shows her dogs frequently" "We will demo the new software in Washington"

(... is a kind of show ) make visible

"Summer brings out bright clothes" "He brings out the best in her"

(... is a kind of show ) display in the air or cause to float

"fly a kite" "All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N."

(... is a kind of show ) to show, make visible or apparent

"The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month" "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts?" "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"

(... is a kind of show ) project onto a screen for viewing

"screen a film"

(... is a kind of show ) expose or show briefly

"he flashed a $100 bill"

(... is a kind of show ) bring out fully or to advantage

"This photograph does not do her justice"

(... is a kind of show ) project on a screen

"The images are projected onto the screen"

(... is a kind of show ) cause to appear

"he peeped his head through the window"

(... is a kind of show ) show an image of

"her sunglasses reflected his image"

(... is a kind of show ) show the form or outline of

"The tree was clearly defined by the light" "The camera could define the smallest object"

(show causes ...) perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight

"You have to be a good observer to see all the details" "Can you see the bird in that tree?" "He is blind--he cannot see"

Definition 15: be or become visible or noticeable - [verb of perception]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His good upbringing really shows
  • The dirty side will show

Synonyms for show in the sense of this definition

(show is a kind of ...) come into sight or view

"He suddenly appeared at the wedding" "A new star appeared on the horizon"

(... is a kind of show ) show in one's face

"Her surprise did not register"

Definition 16: give an exhibition of to an interested audience - [verb of perception]

Samples where show or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She shows her dogs frequently
  • We will demo the new software in Washington

Synonyms for show in the sense of this definition

(show is a kind of ...) make visible or noticeable

"She showed her talent for cooking" "Show me your etchings, please"

(... is a kind of show ) make understandable and clear

"This brings home my point"

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