Show Definition

Define what is Show?

1. show (noun)

the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining.

  • a remarkable show of skill.

entertainment, amusement noun
an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention.


fair, funfair, carnival noun
a traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc..

dog show noun
a competitive exhibition of dogs.

horseshow noun
a competitive exhibition of horses.

raree-show noun
a street show.

Circus noun
a performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals.

floor show, floorshow, cabaret noun
a series of acts at a night club.

ice show noun
any entertainment performed by ice skaters.

entr'acte, interlude, intermezzo noun
a brief show (music or dance etc) inserted between the sections of a longer performance.

display, exhibit, showing noun
something shown to the public.

demonstration, presentation, presentment noun
a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view.

demonstration noun
a show of military force or preparedness.

road show noun
a show on tour.

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

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Wild West Show noun
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.

2. demo, demonstrate, present, show, exhibit (verb)

give an exhibition of to an interested audience.

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

show verb
make visible or noticeable.


bring home verb
make understandable and clear.

3. display, show (noun)

something intended to communicate a particular impression.

  • made a display of strength.
  • a show of impatience.
  • a good show of looking interested.
Synonyms: display

demo, demonstration noun
a visual presentation showing how something works.


big stick noun
a display of force or power.

gaudery, pomp noun
cheap or pretentious or vain display.

4. shew, demonstrate, prove, show, establish (verb)

establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment.

  • The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound.
  • The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture.
Antonyms: confute, disprove (verb)

prove to be false.


affirm, confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain verb
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts.


prove oneself verb
show one's ability or courage.

prove verb
prove formally; demonstrate by a mathematical, formal proof.

negate, contradict verb
prove negative; show to be false.

stultify verb
prove to be of unsound mind or demonstrate someone's incompetence.

5. show (noun)

a social event involving a public performance or entertainment.

  • they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway.

social event noun
an event characteristic of persons forming groups.


choreography, stage dancing noun
a show involving artistic dancing.

film, pic, moving picture, moving-picture show, movie, motion picture, motion-picture show, picture show, flick, picture noun
a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement.

attraction noun
an entertainment that is offered to the public.

broadcast, program, programme noun
a radio or television show.

performance, public presentation noun
a dramatic or musical entertainment.

burlesque noun
a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease).

play noun
a theatrical performance of a drama.

galanty show, shadow play, shadow show noun
a drama executed by throwing shadows on a wall.

puppet play, puppet show noun
a show in which the actors are puppets.

variety show, variety noun
a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances.

6. bear witness, evidence, testify, prove, show (verb)

provide evidence for.

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

inform verb
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to.


attest, certify, evidence, manifest, demonstrate verb
provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes.

presume verb
constitute reasonable evidence for.

abduce, adduce, cite verb
advance evidence for.

7. show, appearance (noun)

pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression.

  • they try to keep up appearances.
  • that ceremony is just for show.
Synonyms: appearance

pretending, pretense, feigning, simulation, pretence noun
the act of giving a false appearance.

8. show (verb)

make visible or noticeable.

  • She showed her talent for cooking.
  • Show me your etchings, please.
Antonyms: conceal, hide (verb)

prevent from being seen or discovered.


give verb
present to view.

reflect verb
show an image of.

peep verb
cause to appear.

project verb
project on a screen.

do justice verb
bring out fully or to advantage.

flash verb
expose or show briefly.

screen verb
project onto a screen for viewing.

display, exhibit, expose verb
to show, make visible or apparent.

fly verb
display in the air or cause to float.

bring out, reveal, uncover, unveil verb
make visible.

demo, demonstrate, present, show, exhibit verb
give an exhibition of to an interested audience.

etch verb
cause to stand out or be clearly defined or visible.

delineate, define verb
show the form or outline of.

9. depict, picture, show, render (verb)

show in, or as in, a picture.

  • This scene depicts country life.
  • the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting.
Synonyms: depict, picture, render

interpret, represent verb
create an image or likeness of.


illustrate verb
depict with an illustration.

map verb
depict as if on a map.

10. evince, express, show (verb)

give expression to.

  • She showed her disappointment.
Synonyms: evince, express

convey verb
make known; pass on, of information.


sneer verb
express through a scornful smile.

connote, imply verb
express or state indirectly.

burst out verb
give sudden release to an expression.

paint a picture, evoke, suggest verb
call to mind.

imply verb
suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic.

give verb
manifest or show.

exude verb
make apparent by one's mood or behavior.

give vent, vent, ventilate verb
give expression or utterance to.

give voice, phrase, Word, articulate, formulate verb
put into words or an expression.

accent, accentuate, emphasize, stress, emphasise, punctuate verb
to stress, single out as important.

menace verb
express a threat either by an utterance or a gesture.

beam verb
express with a beaming face or smile.

smile verb
express with a smile.

11. point, indicate, designate, show (verb)

indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively.

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

inform verb
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to.


point verb
indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle.

finger verb
indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments.

call attention, point out, signalise, signalize verb
point out carefully and clearly.

reflect verb
manifest or bring back.

12. show up, show (verb)

be or become visible or noticeable.

  • His good upbringing really shows.
  • The dirty side will show.
Synonyms: show up

appear verb
come into sight or view.


register verb
show in one's face.

13. record, register, read, show (verb)

indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments.

  • The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero.
  • The gauge read `empty'.
Synonyms: record, register, read

indicate verb
to state or express briefly.


say verb

show verb
give evidence of, as of records.

strike verb
indicate (a certain time) by striking.

14. show (verb)

give evidence of, as of records.

  • The diary shows his distress that evening.

record, register, read, show verb
indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments.


attest verb
establish or verify the usage of.

surcharge verb
show an omission in (an account) for which credit ought to have been given.

15. Usher, show (verb)

take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums.

  • The usher showed us to our seats.
Synonyms: Usher

lead, guide, take, conduct, direct verb
take somebody somewhere.


marshal verb
lead ceremoniously, as in a procession.

16. show (verb)

finish third or better in a horse or dog race.

  • he bet $2 on number six to show.

race, run verb
compete in a race.

Nearby Terms

show bill (noun)
a poster advertising a show or play

show biz (noun)
those involved in providing entertainment: radio and television and films and theater

show business (noun)
those involved in providing entertainment: radio and television and films and theater

show card (noun)
a poster advertising a show or play

Show Me State (noun)
a midwestern state in central United States; a border state during the American Civil War, Missouri was admitted to the Confederacy without actually seceding from the Union

show off (verb)
display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously

show the door (verb)
ask to leave

show time (noun)
the point in time at which an entertainment (a movie or television show etc.) is scheduled to begin

show trial (noun)
a trial held for show; the guilt of the accused person has been decided in advance

show up (verb)
appear or become visible; make a showing

show window (noun)
a setting in which something can be displayed to best effect

show-off (noun)
someone who deliberately behaves in such a way as to attract attention

show-stopper (noun)
an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down

showboat (noun)
a river steamboat on which theatrical performances could be given (especially on the Mississippi River)

showcase (noun)
a setting in which something can be displayed to best effect