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English definition of “show”

show

noun (FALSE APPEARANCE)    /ʃəʊ/ US  /ʃoʊ/
[C] an appearance of something that is not really sincere or real : Despite its public show of unity , the royal family had its share of disagreements just like any other. They put on a show of be ing interested , but I don't think they really were.Affected and insincere for show Something that is for show has no practical value and is used only to improve the appearance of something else : Do the lights on this phone have any useful function or are they just/only for show?Useless and futile
(Definition of show noun (FALSE APPEARANCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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