show

[[t]ʃo͟ʊ[/t]]
shows, showing, showed, shown
1) VERB If something shows that a state of affairs exists, it gives information that proves it or makes it clear to people.

[V that] Research shows that a high-fibre diet may protect you from bowel cancer...

[V that] He was arrested at his home in Southampton after a breath test showed he had drunk more than twice the legal limit for driving...

[V n] These figures show an increase of over one million in unemployment...

[be V-ed to-inf] It was only later that the drug was shown to be addictive...

[V wh] You'll be given regular blood tests to show whether you have been infected.

2) VERB If a picture, chart, film, or piece of writing shows something, it represents it or gives information about it.

[V n] Figure 4.1 shows the respiratory system.

[V n] ...a coin showing Cleopatra...

[V-ed] The cushions, shown left, measure 20 x 12 inches and cost $39.95...

[V n -ing] Much of the film shows the painter simply going about his task...

[V wh] Our photograph shows how the plants will turn out.

3) VERB If you show someone something, you give it to them, take them to it, or point to it, so that they can see it or know what you are referring to.

[V n to n] Cut out this article and show it to your bank manager...

[V n n] He showed me the flat he shares with Esther...

[V n wh] I showed them where the gun was...

[V n wh] Show me which one you like and I'll buy it for you.

4) VERB If you show someone to a room or seat, you lead them there.

[V n prep/adv] It was very good of you to come. Let me show you to my study...

[V n prep/adv] Milton was shown into the office...

[V n prep/adv] John will show you upstairs, Mr Penry...

[V n n] Your office is ready for you. I'll show you the way.

5) V-ERG If you show someone how to do something, you do it yourself so that they can watch you and learn how to do it.

[V n wh] Claire showed us how to make a chocolate roulade...

[V n wh] There are seasoned professionals who can teach you and show you what to do...

[V n wh] Mother asked me to show you how the phones work...

[V n n] Dr. Reichert has shown us a new way to look at those behavior problems.

6) V-ERG If something shows or if you show it, it is visible or noticeable.

[V n] He showed his teeth in a humourless grin...

[V n] His beard was just beginning to show signs of grey...

Faint glimmers of daylight were showing through the treetops...

I'd driven both ways down this road but my tracks didn't show.

7) V-ERG If you show a particular attitude, quality, or feeling, or if it shows, you behave in a way that makes this attitude, quality, or feeling clear to other people.

[V n] Elsie has had enough time to show her gratitude...

[V n] She showed no interest in her children...

Ferguson was unhappy and it showed...

[V n n] You show me respect...

[V n to-inf] Mr Clarke has shown himself to be resolutely opposed to compromise...

[V that] The baby was tugging at his coat to show that he wanted to be picked up.

8) VERB If something shows a quality or characteristic or if that quality or characteristic shows itself, it can be noticed or observed.

[V n] The story shows a strong narrative gift and a vivid eye for detail...

[V n] Middle East peace talks in Washington showed signs of progress yesterday...

[V n] Her popularity clearly shows no sign of waning...

[V n] How else did his hostility to women show itself?

9) N-COUNT: usu a N of n A show of a feeling or quality is an attempt by someone to make it clear that they have that feeling or quality.

Miners gathered in the centre of Bucharest in a show of support for the government...

A crowd of more than 10,000 has gathered in a show of strength...

She said goodbye to Hilda with a convincing show of affection...

Mr Morris was determined to put on a show of family unity.

10) N-UNCOUNT If you say that something is for show, you mean that it has no real purpose and is done just to give a good impression.

The change in government is more for show than for real...

`It's all show,' said Linus. `The girls don't take it seriously.'

11) VERB If a company shows a profit or a loss, its accounts indicate that it has made a profit or a loss.

[V n] It is the only one of the three companies expected to show a profit for the quarter...

[V n] Lonrho's mining and minerals businesses showed some improvement.

12) VERB If a person you are expecting to meet does not show, they do not arrive at the place where you expect to meet them. [mainly AM]

There was always a chance he wouldn't show.

Syn:
Show up means the same as show.

V P We waited until five o'clock, but he did not show up... V P He always shows up in a fancy car... V P for/to n If I don't show up for class this morning, I'll be kicked out.

13) N-COUNT: oft supp N A television or radio show is a programme on television or radio.

I had my own TV show...

This is the show in which Loyd Grossman visits the houses of the famous.

...a popular talk show on a Cuban radio station...

A daily one-hour news show can cost $250,000 to produce.

Syn:
14) N-COUNT A show in a theatre is an entertainment or concert, especially one that includes different items such as music, dancing, and comedy.

How about going shopping and seeing a show in London?...

He has earned a reputation as the man who can close a show with a bad review...

The band are playing a handful of shows at smaller venues.

15) VERB If someone shows a film or television programme, it is broadcast or appears on television or in the cinema.

[V n] The BBC World Service Television news showed the same film clip...

[V n] The drama will be shown on American TV next year...

American films are showing at Moscow's cinemas.

Derived words:
showing plural N-COUNT

I gave him a private showing of the film.

16) N-COUNT: also on N A show is a public exhibition of things, such as works of art, fashionable clothes, or things that have been entered in a competition.

The venue for the show is Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre Hall...

Gucci will be holding fashion shows to present their autumn collection...

Two complementary exhibitions are on show at the Africa Centre...

Today his picture goes on show at the National Portrait Gallery.

17) VERB To show things such as works of art means to put them in an exhibition where they can be seen by the public.

[V n] 50 dealers will show oils, watercolours, drawings and prints from 1900 to 1992.

[V n] ...one of East Village's better-known galleries, where he showed and sold his work.

18) VERB: V In a horse race, if a horse shows, it finishes first, second, or third. [AM]
19) ADJ: ADJ n A show home, house, or flat is one of a group of new homes. The building company decorates it and puts furniture in it, and people who want to buy one of the homes come and look round it.
20) PHRASE If a question is decided by a show of hands, people vote on it by raising their hands to indicate whether they vote yes or no.

Parliamentary leaders agreed to take all such decisions by a show of hands...

Russell then asked for a show of hands concerning each of the targets.

21) PHRASE: have inflects, PHR n If you have something to show for your efforts, you have achieved something as a result of what you have done.

I'm nearly 31 and it's about time I had something to show for my time in my job...

It always amazed her how little she had to show for the amount she spent.

22) PHRASE You can say `I'll show you' to threaten or warn someone that you are going to make them admit that they are wrong.

She shook her fist. `I'll show you,' she said...

I'll show him, leave it to me.

23) PHRASE: PHR that, PHR n If you say it just goes to show or it just shows that something is the case, you mean that what you have just said or experienced demonstrates that it is the case.

I forgot all about the ring. Which just goes to show that getting good grades in school doesn't mean you're clever...

It's crazy and just shows the inconsistency of refereeing.

24) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone is running the show, you mean that they are in control or in charge of a situation.

They made it clear who is now running the show...

There's some serious problems with the way the state's leadership has been running the show.

25) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone steals the show, you mean that they get a lot of attention or praise because they perform better than anyone else in a show or other event.

It was Chinese women who stole the show on the first day of competition...

Brad Pitt steals the show as the young man doomed by his zest for life.

26) to show someone the doorsee door
to show your facesee face
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