verb (used with object), showed, shown or showed, show·ing.
verb (used without object), showed, shown or showed, show·ing.
- the first appearance of blood at the onset of menstruation.
- a blood-tinged mucous discharge from the vagina that indicates the onset of labor.
- to display ostentatiously: The parade was designed to show off all the latest weapons of war.
- to seek to gain attention by displaying prominently one's abilities or accomplishments.
- to make known, as faults; expose; reveal.
- to exhibit in a certain way; appear: White shows up well against a blue background.
- to come to or arrive at a place: We waited for two hours, but he didn't show up.
- to make (another) seem inferior; outdo.
- to usurp the credit or get the applause for something: That woman can act, but the child stole the show. He did all the work, but his partner stole the show.
- to be the most pleasing or spectacular item or person in a group.
Origin of show
British Dictionary definitions for show up (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for show up (2 of 2)
verb shows, showing, showed, shown or showed
- (of a stage act, etc) to receive so much applause as to interrupt the performance
- to be received with great enthusiasm
Word Origin for show
Medicine definitions for show up
Idioms and Phrases with show up (1 of 2)
Be clearly visible, as in The print doesn't show up against this dark background. [Late 1800s]
Put in an appearance, arrive, as in I wonder if he'll show up at all. [Late 1800s]
Expose or reveal the true character of, as in This failure showed up their efforts as a waste of time. [Early 1800s]
Also, show someone up. Surpass someone in ability, outdo someone, as in John's high score on that math test really showed up the rest of the class. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with show up (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with show
- show and tell
- show must go on, the
- show off
- show of hands
- show one's colors
- show one's face
- show one's hand
- show one's heels
- show one's teeth
- show one's true colors
- show signs of
- show someone the door
- show someone the ropes
- show someone a good time
- show someone out
- show the way
- show the white feather
- show to advantage
- show up
- bare (show) one's teeth
- dog-and-pony show
- false colors, show
- for show
- get the show on the road
- go to show
- know (show) the ropes
- one-man show
- road show
- run the show
- steal the show
- (show one's) true colors