(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. exhibit, display; explain, teach; demonstrate, prove, guide, escort; appear, stand out. See evidence, disclosure. —n. display, exhibition, play, entertainment, pageant, spectacle; pomp, ostentation; semblance, appearance, pretext. See drama, visibility, demonstration.
- show business
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [An exhibition]
Syn. presentation, exhibit, art exhibit, retrospective, showing, exposition, occurrence, sight, appearance, program, flower show, boat show, home show, dog show, cat show, bringing before the public, bringing to public view; see also display 2 .
2. [A public performance]
Syn. film, play, musical, carnival, representation, burlesque, production, appearance, concert, act, pageant, spectacle, light show, entertainment; see also comedy , drama 1 , movie .
3. [Pretense]
Syn. sham, make believe, semblance; see pretense 1 , 2 .
for show,
Syn. for sake of appearances, ostensibly, ostentatiously; see apparently , pompously .
get or [m1]put the show on the road*,
Syn. start, open, get started; see begin 1 .
stand or [m1]have a show*,
Syn. stand a chance, have a chance, be possible, admit of; see allow 1 , 2 .
steal the show*,
Syn. triumph, get the best of it, win out, be the focus of attention; see defeat 1 , 3 , win 1 .
1. [To display]
Syn. display, exhibit, manifest, present, expose, flaunt; see also display 1 .
2. [To explain]
Syn. reveal, tell, explicate; see explain .
3. [To demonstrate]
Syn. attest, determine, confirm; see prove .
4. [To convince]
Syn. teach, prove to, persuade; see convince .
5. [To grant]
Syn. confer, bestow, dispense; see give 1 .
6. [To indicate]
Syn. register, note, point; see designate 1 , record 1 .
Syn.- show implies putting or bringing something into view so that it can be seen or looked at [ show us the garden ] ; to display something is to spread it out so that it is shown to advantage [ Jewelry displayed on a sales counter ] ; exhibit implies prominent display, often for the purpose of attracting public attention or inspection [ to exhibit products at a fair ] ; expose implies the laying open and displaying of something, often unpleasant or objectionable, that has been covered or concealed [ this bathing suit exposes the scar, to expose his shady dealings ] ; flaunt implies an ostentatious, impudent, or defiant display [ to flaunt one's riches, vices, etc. ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. entertainment exhibition, extravaganza, stage production, spectacle, exposition, program, parade, play, theatrical performance, burlesque, musical, revue, movie, drama, comedy, circus.
2. demonstration manifestation, exhibition, display, presentation.
3. pretense act, facade, front, affectation, pose, semblance, *Oscar performance.
1. exhibit demonstrate, display, present, reveal, expose, unveil, evince, produce, bare, trot out for inspection.
2. appear be visible, manifest.
3. explain instruct, demonstrate, simplify, define, *walk through, *run through, clarify.
4. guide conduct, direct, usher, point out.
ANT.: 1. hide, conceal. 2. cover up. 3. mystify, confuse
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To make visible; bring to view: bare, disclose, display, expose, reveal, unclothe, uncover, unmask, unveil. Archaic: discover. Idioms: bring to light, lay open, make plain. See SHOW. 2. To come into view: appear, emerge, issue, loom, materialize. Idioms: make (or put in) an appearance, meet the eye. See SEE. 3. To present a lifelike image of: delineate, depict, describe, express, image, limn, picture, portray, render, represent. See SHOW. 4. To make a public and usually ostentatious show of. Also used with off: brandish, display, disport, exhibit, expose, flash, flaunt, parade, sport. See SHOW. 5. To show the way to: conduct, direct, escort, guide, lead, pilot, route, shepherd, steer, usher. See SHOW. 6. To make known or identify, as by signs: denote, designate, indicate, mark, point out, specify. See SHOW. 7. To make manifest or apparent: demonstrate, display, evidence, evince, exhibit, manifest, proclaim, reveal. See SHOW. 8. To give a precise indication of, as on a register or scale: indicate, mark, read, record, register. See SHOW. 9. To be performed: play, run. See PERFORMING ARTS. 10. To establish as true or genuine: authenticate, bear out, confirm, corroborate, demonstrate, endorse, establish, evidence, prove, substantiate, validate, verify. See SHOW, SUPPORT. II noun 1. An act of showing or displaying: demonstration, display, exhibit, exhibition, manifestation. See SHOW. 2. A deceptive outward appearance: cloak, color, coloring, cover, disguise, disguisement, façade, face, false colors, front, gloss, guise, mask, masquerade, pretense, pretext, semblance, veil, veneer, window-dressing. Slang: put-on. See SHOW. 3. A display of insincere behavior: act, acting, disguise, dissemblance, masquerade, pretense, sham, simulation. See HONEST, TRUE. 4. An impressive or ostentatious exhibition: array, display, panoply, parade, pomp, spectacle. See SHOW. 5. A large public display, as of goods or works of art: exhibit, exhibition, exposition. See SHOW.

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