To show off
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]


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  • To show off — Show Show, v. i. [Written also shew.] 1. To exhibit or manifest one s self or itself; to appear; to look; to be in appearance; to seem. [1913 Webster] Just such she shows before a rising storm. Dryden. [1913 Webster] All round a hedge upshoots,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set off — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To come off — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To call off — Call Call (k[add]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Called} (k[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Calling}] [OE. callen, AS. ceallian; akin to Icel. & Sw. kalla, Dan. kalde, D. kallen to talk, prate, OHG. kall[=o]n to call; cf. Gr. ghry ein to speak, sing, Skr. gar …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To go off — Go Go, v. i. [imp. {Went} (w[e^]nt); p. p. {Gone} (g[o^]n; 115); p. pr. & vb. n. {Going}. Went comes from the AS, wendan. See {Wend}, v. i.] [OE. gan, gon, AS. g[=a]n, akin to D. gaan, G. gehn, gehen, OHG. g[=e]n, g[=a]n, SW. g[*a], Dan. gaae; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To break off — Break Break (br[=a]k), v. i. 1. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder. [1913 Webster] 2. To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To carry off — Carry Car ry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Carried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Carrying}.] [OF. carier, charier, F. carrier, to cart, from OF. car, char, F. car, car. See {Car}.] 1. To convey or transport in any manner from one place to another; to bear; often… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To make off — Make Make (m[=a]k), v. i. 1. To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; often in the phrase to meddle or make. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A scurvy, jack a nape priest to meddle or make. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To play off — Play Play, v. t. 1. To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump. [1913 Webster] First Peace and Silence all disputes control, Then Order plays the soul. Herbert. [1913 Webster] 2. To perform music upon; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To give off — Give Give (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given} (g[i^]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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