Definition of “show up” - English Dictionary

“show up” in British English

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show up

also show informal
phrasal verb with show uk /ʃəʊ/ us /ʃoʊ/ verb showed, shown

B1 to arrive somewhere in order to join a group of people, especially late or unexpectedly:

I invited him for eight o'clock, but he didn't show up until 9.30.
We were expecting 30 people to come, but half of them never showed up.

More examples

  • How many people showed up to the meeting?
  • He was rude and unhelpful and always showed up late to work.

(Definition of “show up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“show up” in American English

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show up

phrasal verb with show us /ʃoʊ/ verb

(ARRIVE)

to arrive for a gathering or event:

He showed up late for the meeting.

show up

phrasal verb with show us /ʃoʊ/ verb

(APPEAR)

to appear or be seen:

The virus does not show up in blood tests.

(Definition of “show up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)