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American English: /ʃoʊ/
British English: /ʃəʊ/

Translation of show in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense showed past participle shown or showed

  • 1 1.1
    to show somebody something, to show something to somebody
    mostrarle algo a alguien
    I showed Ellen my new dress
    le mostré or le enseñé mi vestido nuevo a Ellen
    show me the letter
    muéstrame or enséñame la carta
    show me where it hurts
    indíqueme or muéstreme dónde le duele
    to show one's teeth
    mostrar or enseñar los dientes
    mostrar or enseñar los dientes or las uñas
    to have nothing/something to show for somethingthey had little/nothing to show for their years of work
    vieron poco/no vieron recompensados sus años de trabajo
    she has something to show for her efforts/sacrifices
    sus esfuerzos/sacrificios han dado fruto or le han reportado algo
    Example sentences
    • The man's eyes rolled back so only the whites showed and more blood ran down the brick wall behind him.
    • Her arms, neck, and everything else that showed was white, from the obvious cold.
    • He does this by hurling himself to the floor, arms and legs flailing, with only the whites of his eyes showing.
    Example sentences
    • Mrs Tunstall offered to show them a video of children in care, but villagers shouted that they did not want to see it.
    • Four of the group began looking at a car and the officer confronted them, saying, ‘Stop, police,’ and showing his warrant card.
    • Immediately after showing them her card, Baird was asked to design an entire line.
    she showed great courage
    demostró (tener) gran valor
    she showed them no kindness
    no se mostró nada amable con ellos
    he shows her no respect
    no le tiene ningún respeto
    le falta al respeto
    could you show me the way to the station?
    ¿me podría indicar cómo se llega a la estación?
    to show signs of somethinghe began to show signs of fatigue
    empezó a dar muestras de estar agotado
    the government shows every sign of capitulating
    todo parece indicar que el gobierno va a claudicar
    the economy shows no sign(s) of improvement
    la economía no da señales de recuperarse
    Example sentences
    • Most of us up grow up in a society that rarely allows us to show our true feelings.
    • They were also different in their attitudes about emotions, showing affection, and sex.
    • A guy was standing in her way, eyes showing amazement and some emotion that looked like relief.
    1.3 (to allow to be seen)this carpet shows every mark
    en esta alfombra se notan todas las marcas
    a color that shows the dirt
    un color muy sucio or delicado
    he's started to show his age
    se le han empezado a notar los años
  • 2 2.1 (to depict, to present)this photo shows her working in her garden
    en esta foto está trabajando en el jardín
    does the map show places of interest?
    ¿están señalados or marcados en el mapa los lugares de interés?
    as shown in fig. 2
    como se indica or se muestra en la figura 2
    2.2 (to register)
    the fuel light's showing red
    la luz del combustible está en rojo
    Example sentences
    • Progress up and down the five-speed box is tracked by an indicator on the dashboard showing you what gear you're in.
    • He was very keen on selling me a desktop clock which would show me the time in Bangkok.
    • She looked up at a clock and it showed her she only had fifteen seconds left.
  • 3 3.1 (to demonstrate)
    you have to show that you understand
    tienes que demostrar que entiendes
    independent research has shown that …
    estudios independientes han demostrado que …
    it just goes to show how wrong you can be about people
    eso te demuestra cómo te puedes equivocar con la gente
    to show what one is made of
    demostrar lo que se vale
    now's your chance to show them what you're made of
    esta es tu oportunidad de demostrarles lo que vales
    Example sentences
    • The first study fell short of showing a statistically significant benefit.
    • A closer look at the census figures shows a much more disturbing trend.
    • ‘Shipley has been shown by government figures to need more childcare places,’ he said.
    Example sentences
    • Here is the URL to our online training video with him explaining and showing you what you need to do.
    • I think he took great delight in showing us poor city boys how it is done.
    • Peter had half explained and half shown me what had happened to him over the past two years.
    3.2 (to teach) I showed her how to do it
    le enseñé cómo se hacía
    I'll show them! [colloquial]
    ¡ya van a ver!
  • 4 (to indicate the way) (+ adverb complement) he showed us to our seats
    nos llevó or nos acompañó hasta nuestros asientos
    to show somebody in
    hacer pasar a alguien
    to show somebody out
    acompañar a alguien a la puerta
    I'll show myself out
    no hace falta que me acompañes
    she showed him into the office/out of the house
    lo hizo pasar a la oficina/lo acompañó hasta la salida
    to show somebody over a building
    mostrarle or enseñarle a alguien un edificio
    they showed us around the church
    nos mostraron el interior de la iglesia
    recorrieron la iglesia con nosotros
    Example sentences
    • None of the three girls said a word as the butler returned and offered to show them to their rooms.
    • On arrival, I was handed a pair of pink pyjamas, which all the patients wear, and was shown to the huge dormitory.
    • He shows me in, indicating where he welcomes his home-movie enthusiasts.

intransitive verb past tense showed past participle shown or showed

  • 1 (to be visible)
    a small dimple showed when he smiled
    se le hacía un hoyuelo en la mejilla cuando sonreía
    doubt showed on his face
    se le notó que no estaba muy convencido
    your/her slip is showing
    se te/le ve la combinación
    you let your feelings show too much
    dejas transparentar demasiado lo que sientes
    I painted the door in a hurry — yes, it shows!
    pinté la puerta deprisa y corriendo — ¡sí, se nota! or ¡sí, y así quedó!
    to show through
  • 2 2.1 (to be screened) (Cinema)it's showing at the Trocadero
    la están dando en el Trocadero
    la ponen en el Trocadero (Spain)
    now showing all over London
    ahora en salas de todas las zonas de Londres
    Example sentences
    • Unfortunately for me, the new Harry Potter film was showing on the train and, although the views were great, sadly, I couldn't help but watch the film.
    • It is akin to covering one's ears, or more to point, running in and out of the theater while the film is showing.
    • Like Blackboards, both films showed in Cannes and were jointly awarded the Camera d'Or for best debut feature.
    2.2 (to exhibit)
    (fashion designer)
    presentar su colección
  • 3 (to turn up) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • One of those who might have defended his appointment did not show at the conference.
    • Tension was high even before kick-off as the appointed referee failed to show.
    • She asked Amanda to throw a welcome dinner for her and the plan was for a certain gorgeous actor to come along to the party last weekend, but he didn't show.
  • 4 (Horse racing)
    llegar en tercer lugar

reflexive verb past tense showed past participle shown or showed

to show oneself
  • 1 (to become visible)
    dejarse ver
  • 2
    (to prove to be) demostrar ser
    (to turn out to be) resultar ser
    he showed himself to be a great player
    demostró ser un gran jugador
    se reveló como un gran jugador
    she showed herself (to be) totally unscrupulous
    resultó ser una persona sin escrúpulos de ningún tipo
    Example sentences
    • It soon showed itself as outdated as the regime it was seeking to challenge.
    • ‘But Bremer soon showed himself closely aligned to the generals, as well as to the neo-cons in Washington and their allies in Jerusalem’.
    • She soon shows herself rather more sophisticated than he is.


  • 1 countable (exhibition) (Art) agricultural show
    feria (feminine) agrícola y ganadera
    exposición (feminine) rural (Río de la Plata)
    air show
    exhibición (feminine) acrobática aérea
    boat show fashion show
    desfile (masculine) de modelos
    pase (masculine) de modelos
    horse show to be on show
    estar expuesto or en exhibición
    she felt very much on show
    se sentía observada por todos
    to put something on show
    exponer algo
    (before noun) show house or home (British)
    Example sentences
    • She said the financial health of at least 20 of Yorkshire's annual agricultural shows would be severely affected.
    • There are 16 qualifying shows for this event and this should be a huge attraction both on a local and national level.
    • Huge crowds came from all over Kerry to witness the largest animal show in Europe.
  • 2 countable 2.1 (stage production) to put on a show
    montar un espectáculo
    on with the show!
    ¡que empiece/siga la función!
    the show must go on
    hay que seguir adelante
    to get the show on the road [colloquial] let's get this show on the road!
    ¡manos a la obra!
    we need more money to keep the show on the road
    necesitamos más dinero para poder seguir adelante
    to steal the show (actor)
    robarse el espectáculo
    llevarse todos los aplausos
    to stop the showthat line stopped the show
    con esa frase el teatro se vino abajo
    she'll stop the show in that outfit
    vestida así va a parar el tráfico [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Amy will perform songs from the musicals and the stage show will include a date in her home town Bolton this summer.
    • He performed his first stage show when he was only four and began hitch-hiking at the age of three.
    • He fondly recalls his first foray into musicals being a show about a snowman in which he had to throw pieces of paper as pretend snow.
    2.2 (on television, radio) comedy show
    programa (masculine) cómico
    the Olga Winters Show
    el show de Olga Winters
    Example sentences
    • I also appeared on radio shows and cable-access television stations throughout the state.
    • Paul is producing comedy shows for BBC Television and has been involved in encouraging new talent.
    • Indeed, his expertise and views are regularly sought both on radio and television shows.
  • 3 (spectacle) (no plural) in summer her garden makes a colorful show
    en verano su jardín es una explosión de color
    Example sentences
    • All of these sites are now dominated by buffel and couch grass so that spectacular shows of native flora are but a memory.
    • Not only that, but each June they put on a spectacular show as they burst into misty pale lilac bloom.
    • We have two crocuses that have bloomed and the primulas are putting on a brave show of colour.
  • 4 (no plural) 4.1 (display) a show of force
    un despliegue or una demostración de fuerza
    to vote by a show of hands
    votar a mano alzada
    4.2 (outward appearance) I made a show of enthusiasm
    fingí estar entusiasmado
    his concern's all show
    su preocupación es puro teatro or pura apariencia
    you put on a good show
    hiciste un buen papel
    4.3 (ostentation) she made a great show of her generosity
    hizo gran alarde de su generosidad
    their plush office is simply for show
    su elegante oficina es solo para darse tono
    with a great show of indignation
    con grandes muestras de indignación
    Example sentences
    • As soon as he walked in all cameras focused on him and his hero pals made an exaggerated show of affection towards him.
    • The show of amity presented by the two men on the front bench yesterday was just that: a show.
    • She resolutely ignores me, making a theatrical show of turning away and yawning.
  • 5 [colloquial] (no plural) 5.1 (activity, organization) it's my show, so don't interfere
    es asunto mío, así que no te metas
    to run the show
    llevar la batuta [colloquial]
    ser el amo del cotarro [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Who's running this show, anyway?
    • Obviously, I don't run the show (thank God, you're thinking), and it's a free country.
    5.2 (performance) (British) to put up a good/poor show
    hacer un buen/mal papel
    defenderse bien/mal
    good show!
    poor show!
    ¡qué mal!
  • 6 countable (Medicine)
    desprendimiento (masculine) del tapón mucoso
    Example sentences
    • How long after having a show did you do into labour?
    • Some women notice a bit of mucus in their pants and may not realise it's a show.
  • 7 countable (US) (Horse racing) (third place)
    tercer premio (masculine)

Phrasal verbs

show off

1verb + adverb
he loves showing off in front of the girls
le encanta lucirse delante de las chicas
stop showing off
déjate de hacer tonterías or gracias
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1 (display for admiration)
presumir de
hacer alarde de
he wanted to show off his new car
quería lucirse con su coche nuevo
quería fardar (Spain) or (Colombia) (Venezuela) pantallear con su coche nuevo [colloquial]
to show something off to somebody
mostrarle or enseñarle orgullosamente algo a alguien
2.2 (display to advantage)
hacer resaltar
the paintings are not shown off to their best advantage
los cuadros no lucen todo lo que podrían

show up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (reveal)
poner de manifiesto [formal]
the incident showed him up to be a coward or as a coward
el incidente lo mostró como un cobarde or demostró que era un cobarde
1.2 (embarrass)
poner en evidencia
hacer quedar mal
try not to show me up in front of the boss
procura no ponerme en evidencia or hacerme quedar mal delante del jefe
1.3 (lead upstairs)
hacer subir
2verb + adverb 2.1 (be visible)
2.2 (be revealed)
ponerse de manifiesto
2.3 (arrive) [colloquial]
aparecer [colloquial]
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