Show Show, v. t. [imp. {Showed}; p. p. {Shown}or {Showed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Showing}. It is sometimes written {shew}, {shewed}, {shewn}, {shewing}.] [OE. schowen, shewen, schewen, shawen, AS. sce['a]wian, to look, see, view; akin to OS. scaw?n, OFries. skawia, D. schouwen, OHG. scouw?n, G. schauen, Dan. skue, Sw. sk?da, Icel. sko?a, Goth. usskawjan to waken, skuggwa a mirror, Icel. skuggy shade, shadow, L. cavere to be on one's guard, Gr. ??? to mark, perceive, hear, Skr. kavi wise. Cf. {Caution}, {Scavenger}, {Sheen}.] 1. To exhibit or present to view; to place in sight; to display; -- the thing exhibited being the object, and often with an indirect object denoting the person or thing seeing or beholding; as, to show a house; show your colors; shopkeepers show customers goods (show goods to customers). [1913 Webster]

Go thy way, shew thyself to the priest. --Matt. viii. 4. [1913 Webster]

Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise Magnificence; and what can heaven show more? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known; as, to show one's designs. [1913 Webster]

Shew them the way wherein they must walk. --Ex. xviii. 20. [1913 Webster]

If it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away. --1 Sam. xx. 13. [1913 Webster]

3. Specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence, to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct; as, to show a person into a parlor; to show one to the door. [1913 Webster]

4. To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to evince; as, to show the truth of a statement; to show the causes of an event. [1913 Webster]

I 'll show my duty by my timely care. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to show favor. [1913 Webster]

Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me. --Ex. xx. 6. [1913 Webster]

{To show forth}, to manifest; to publish; to proclaim.

{To show his paces}, to exhibit the gait, speed, or the like; -- said especially of a horse.

{To show off}, to exhibit ostentatiously.

{To show up}, to expose. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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