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show

verb  us   /ʃoʊ/

show verb (MAKE SEEN)

[T] (past tense showed, past participle shown  /ʃoʊn/ ) to cause or allow something to be seen: You should show that rash to your doctor. These trees show the effects of acid rain. He’s starting to show his age.

show verb (EXPRESS)

[T] (past tense showed, past participle shown  /ʃoʊn/ ) to express your feelings or opinion by your actions or words: I do not know how to show my thanks for all your help. He is a scrappy lawyer and shows no mercy to any opponent.

show verb (EXPLAIN)

[T] (past tense showed, past participle shown  /ʃoʊn/ ) to explain something to someone by helping to do it or by giving instructions or examples to copy: [+ question word] The diagram shows how to fit the pieces together.

show verb (PROVE)

[T] (past tense showed, past participle shown  /ʃoʊn/ ) to make something clear or prove something to be true: Your writing shows you can be a good writer. He has shown himself to be unreliable.

show verb (BE NOTICEABLE)

[I/T] (past tense showed, past participle shown  /ʃoʊn/ ) to be able to be seen or noticed, or to make something noticeable: [I] I’ve been working for hours, and I’ve got nothing to show for it.

show verb (LEAD)

[T] (past tense showed, past participle shown  /ʃoʊn/ ) to lead someone somewhere or to point out something: Could you show me the way to the post office? Show me which cake you want.

show verb (RECORD)

[T] (past tense showed, past participle shown  /ʃoʊn/ ) to record or express an amount, number, or measurement: My barometer shows a change in the weather is coming.

show verb (APPEAR)

[I] to appear at a gathering or event: Jenny said she'd be here, but she never showed.

show verb (MAKE PUBLIC EVENT)

[I/T] (past tense showed, past participle shown  /ʃoʊn/ ) to make an artist's work available for the public to see: [T] This gallery is a place where young artists can show their work. [I/T] (past tense showed, past participle shown  /ʃoʊn/ ) To show a movie is to offer it for viewing in a movie theater or on television: [T] That channel often shows foreign films.

show

noun  us   /ʃoʊ/

show noun (ENTERTAINMENT)

[C] a performance in a theater, a movie, or a television or radio program: a stage/talk show

show noun (PUBLIC EVENT)

[C] an event at which the public can view a particular collection of things: a flower show a fashion show

show noun (ACTIVITY)

[U] infml an activity, business, or organization, considered in relation to who is managing it: Who will run the show when the boss retires?

show noun (APPEARANCE)

[C/U] an appearance of something that is not really sincere or real: [C] Ray made a show of reaching for his wallet. [U] Does this fireplace work or is it just for show? [U] Half for show and half in real anger, I stood up and shouted, “I'm not your friend!”
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