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Synonyms of show in English:


  • 1 the dropped stitches can be left if they do not show
    be visible, be seen, be in view, manifest;
    appear, be revealed, be obvious
    [Antonyms] be invisible
  • 2 the first-floor gallery shows pictures of Gandhiji in London
    display, exhibit, put on show, put on display, put on view, expose to view, unveil, present;
    launch, introduce, air, demonstrate, set out, set forth, arrange, array, flaunt, parade, uncover, reveal
    [Antonyms] conceal
  • 3 it was Frank's turn to show his frustration
    manifest, make manifest, exhibit, reveal, convey, communicate, make known;
    indicate, express, proclaim, intimate, make plain, make obvious, signify, evince, evidence, disclose, betray, divulge, give away
    [Antonyms] suppress
  • 4 I'll show you how to make a daisy chain
    clarify, make clear, illustrate, explicate, expound, elucidate;
    teach, instruct someone in, give instructions in, give an idea of, tutor someone in, indoctrinate someone in
  • 5 recent events show this to be true
    prove, demonstrate, confirm, show beyond doubt, manifest, produce/submit proof, produce/submit evidence, establish evidence, evince;
  • 6 a young woman showed them to their seats
  • 7 informal we were waiting for them, but they never showed
    appear, arrive, come, get here, get there, be present, put in an appearance, make an appearance, materialize, turn up, present oneself, report, clock in, sign in;
    British clock on;
    informalshow up
  • Phrases

    show off

    informal he was showing off, trying to make a really big impression
    behave affectedly, put on airs, put on an act, give oneself airs, boast, brag, crow, trumpet, gloat, glory, swagger around, swank, bluster, strut, strike an attitude, strike a pose, posture, attitudinize;
    draw attention to oneself, blow one's own trumpet
    North American informalcop an attitude
    Australian/New Zealand informalskite, big-note oneself

    show something off

    the easel was commonly used to show off a painting
    display, show to advantage, exhibit, demonstrate;
    parade, make a show of, draw attention to, flaunt, wave, dangle, brandish, vaunt

    show up

  • 1 modern-day swabs do show up on X-rays
    be visible, be obvious, be seen, be revealed, be conspicuous, stand out, catch the eye
    [Antonyms] be invisible
  • 2 informal only two waitresses showed up for work See show (sense 7 of the verb)
  • show someone/something up

  • 1 the sun showed up the faded shabbiness of the room
    expose, reveal, bring to light, lay bare, make visible, make obvious, manifest, highlight, pinpoint, put the spotlight on
    [Antonyms] conceal
  • 2 they showed him up in front of his friends
    humiliate, humble, mortify, bring/take down, bring low, demean, expose, show in a bad light, shame, put to shame, discomfit, disgrace, discredit, downgrade, debase, degrade, devalue, dishonour, embarrass;
    put someone in their place, make a fool of, chasten, subdue, get the better of, have the last laugh on;
    abash, abase, crush, squash, quash, deflate, flatten, make someone eat humble pie
    informalput down, settle someone's hash, cut down to size
    North American informalmake someone eat crow
    [Antonyms] put someone in a good light
  • noun

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  • 1 a spectacular show of bluebells
    display, array, arrangement, exhibition, presentation, exposition, spectacle
  • 2 the Paris motor show
  • 3 they decided to take in a show while they were up in London
    performance, public performance, theatrical performance, production, staging;
    play, drama, film, concert, musical, piece
  • 4 she's only doing it for show
    appearance, display, impression, ostentation, affectation, image, window dressing
  • 5 Drew made a show of looking around for firewood
    pretence, outward appearance, false appearance, front, false front, air, guise, semblance, false show, illusion, pose, affectation, profession, parade
  • 6 informal I don't run the show
    undertaking, affair, operation, proceedings, enterprise, business, venture, organization, establishment
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