Synonyms of show in English:


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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


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



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



4‘I'll show you how to make a daisy chain’


demonstrate to, point out to, explain to, describe to, expound to

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 proof, submit proof, produce evidence, submit evidence, establish evidence, evince

witness to, give substance to, determine, demonstrate the truth of, convince someone, substantiate, corroborate, verify, establish, ratify, validate, authenticate, attest, certify, testify, document, bear out

6‘a young woman showed them to their seats’


escort, accompany, take, walk, conduct, lead, usher, bow, guide, direct, steer, shepherd, attend, chaperone

7‘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

North American punch in, punch the clock, punch the time clock

show up


1‘a spectacular show of bluebells’


display, array, arrangement, exhibition, presentation, exposition, spectacle

2‘the Paris motor show’


exhibition, demonstration, display, exposition, fair, presentation, extravaganza, spectacle, pageant

North American exhibit

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

informal gig

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‘I don't run the show’


undertaking, affair, operation, proceedings, enterprise, business, venture, organization, establishment


    show off

      ‘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

      cop an attitude

      NZ Australian

      skite, 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


      be invisible

      2‘only two waitresses showed up for work’

      See show
    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



      2‘they showed him up in front of his friends’


      humiliate, humble, mortify, bring down, 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


      put down, settle someone's hash, cut down to size

      North American informal

      make someone eat crow


      put someone in a good light