General English


  • noun an exhibition or display of goods or services for sale
  • verb to make something be seen

Information & Library Science

  • verb to take something to somebody and enable them to see it

Media Studies

  • noun a public entertainment, e.g. a theatre performance, film or radio or television programme


  • noun the first discharge of blood at the beginning of childbirth
  • verb to cause or allow something to be visible
  • verb to provide convincing evidence of something


  • noun a performance, especially with music
  • verb to let somebody see something or point out something to somebody

Origin & History of “show”

Show originally meant ‘look at’. Its modern senses – basically ‘cause to look at’ – did not begin to develop until the early middle English period. It comes from a prehistoric west Germanic *skauwōjan, whose German descendant schauen still means ‘look at’ (and whose Flemish descendant scauwen gave English scavenger). this in turn was derived from the base *skau- ‘see, look’, source also of English sheen and German schön ‘beautiful’. And the ultimate ancestor of *skau- was an Indo-European base which also produced Greek keein ‘observe’ and Latin cavēre ‘beware’ (source of English caution (13th c.) and caveat (16th c.)).