Synonyms for showing

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Everybody said that he had only succeeded in showing that his resignation was unnecessary.

Besides, as he said to a colleague, "If we did not dissolve we would be showing the white feather."

He could not refrain from showing his satisfaction with Evelyn.

The flush of his own heavy meal kept his pallor from showing.

The Father will still be showing us something new; the something new will still be showing us the Father.

Curtain rises on second act, showing the Hotel Fonseca, at Paris.

I should never have thought you capable of showing such a lack of principle.

Jumping over a stick, you know, and showing what I would do if I met the Diné.

The dawn was just showing over the mountains, and in Sils the cocks were crowing.

That's the first showing I've had from the colt as a three-year-old; but I knew he had it in him.


Old English sceawian "to look at, see, gaze, behold, observe; inspect, examine; look for, choose," from West Germanic *skauwojan (cf. Old Saxon skauwon "to look at," Old Frisian skawia, Dutch schouwen, Old High German scouwon "to look at;" Dutch schoon, Gothic skaunjai "beautiful," originally "conspicuous"), from Proto-Germanic root *skau- "behold, look at," from PIE *skou-, variant of root *skeue- "to pay attention, perceive" (see caveat).

Causal meaning "let be seen; put in sight, make known" evolved c.1200 for unknown reasons and is unique to English (German schauen still means "look at"). Spelling shew, popular 18c. and surviving into early 19c., represents obsolete pronunciation (rhymes with view). Horse racing sense is from 1903, perhaps from an earlier sense in card-playing.


art exhibit

nounart show
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