English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to demonstrate or prove
These figures show an increase in unemployment.
Synonyms
indicate
The survey indicated that most old people are independent.
,
demonstrate
You have to demonstrate that you are reliable.
,
prove
new evidence that could prove their innocence
, , ,
evidence
He still has a lot to learn, as is evidenced by his recent behaviour.
,
point out
, ,
testify to
,
evince
He had never, hitherto, evinced any particular interest in economic matters.
,
flag up
Opposites
, , ,
gainsay (archaic, literary)
(verb) 
Definition
to exhibit or display works of art, goods, etc.
What made you decide to show your paintings?
Synonyms
display
The cabinets display seventeenth-century porcelain.
,
exhibit
Her work was exhibited in the best galleries in Europe.
,
put on display
,
present
presenting a new product or service to the market-place
, ,
unveil
Mr Werner unveiled his new strategy this week.
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put on show
,
expose to view
,
put before the public
(verb) 
Definition
to guide or escort
Let me show you to my study.
Synonyms
guide
She took the bewildered man by the arm and guided him out.
,
lead
He led him into the house.
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conduct
He asked if he might conduct us to the ball.
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accompany
Ken agreed to accompany me on a trip to Africa.
,
direct
A guard directed them to the right.
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steer
Nick steered them into the nearest seats.
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escort
I escorted him to the door.
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usher
They were quickly ushered away.
(verb) 
Definition
to instruct by demonstration
Claire showed us how to make a chocolate roulade.
Synonyms
demonstrate
He demonstrated how to peel and chop garlic.
,
describe
We asked her to describe what she had seen.
,
explain
He explained the process to us in simple terms.
,
teach
George had taught him how to ride a horse.
,
illustrate
The example of the United States illustrates this point.
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instruct
He instructs family members in nursing techniques.
(verb) 
Definition
to make, be, or become visible or noticeable
I'd driven both ways down this road, but the tracks didn't show.
Synonyms
be visible
,
be seen
,
be obvious
,
be in view
,
be revealed
Opposites
be invisible
(verb) 
Definition
to indicate
She had enough time to show her gratitude.
Synonyms
express
He expressed his anger in a destructive way.
,
display
It was unlike him to display his feelings.
,
reveal
A grey carpet was removed to reveal the pine floor.
, ,
register
The meter registered loads of 9 and 10 kg.
, ,
disclose
clapboard façades that revolve to disclose snug interiors
,
convey
I tried to convey the wonder of the experience to my husband.
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manifest
He's only convincing when that inner fury manifests itself.
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divulge
He was charged with divulging state secrets.
,
make plain
,
make known
,
Opposites
, , , , , , ,
keep secret
(verb) 
Definition
to arrive
(informal)  There was always a chance he wouldn't show.
Synonyms
turn up
He turned up on Christmas Day with a friend.
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come
Two police officers came into the hall.
My brother's coming from Canada tomorrow.
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appear
A woman appeared at the far end of the street.
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arrive
Fresh groups of guests arrived.
, ,
show up (informal)
Many workers failed to show up for work today.
,
get here
,
materialize
He materialized at her side, notebook at the ready.
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put in or make an appearance
(verb) 
Definition
to present (a film or play) or (of a film or play) to be presented
The drama will be shown on American TV.
Synonyms
broadcast
CNN also broadcasts programmes in Europe.
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transmit
letters begging them to transmit the programme daily
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air
Tonight, the channel will air a documentary called `Democracy in Action'.
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beam
The interview was beamed live across America.
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relay
It will be used mainly to relay television programmes.
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televise
Every stage of the race will be televised.
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put on the air
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(verb) 
Definition
to behave towards (someone) in a particular way
Synonyms
act with
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accord
On his return home, the government accorded him the rank of Colonel.
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grant
France has agreed to grant him political asylum.
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confer
An honorary degree was conferred on him by the University of Vienna.
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bestow
The Queen has bestowed a knighthood on him.
(noun) 
Definition
a display or exhibition
Spring brings a lovely show of green and yellow striped leaves.
Synonyms
,
view
The view from our window was one of beautiful countryside.
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sight
Among the most spectacular sights are the great sea-bird colonies.
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spectacle
a director passionate about music and spectacle
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array
the markets with their wonderful arrays of fruit and vegetables
(noun) 
Definition
a display or exhibition
the Chelsea flower show
Synonyms
exhibition
an exhibition of expressionist art
,
fair
The date for the book fair has been changed.
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display
a dazzling dance display
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parade
A glittering parade of celebrities attended the event.
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expo (informal)
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extravaganza
an all-night musical extravaganza
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exposition
an art exposition
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pageant
a traditional Christmas pageant
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pageantry
He was greeted with all the pageantry of an official state visit.
(noun) 
Definition
something done to create an impression
The change in government is more for show than for real.
Synonyms
,
display
He embraced it with such confidence and display.
, , , , ,
ostentation
Despite her wealth, she lived with a notable lack of ostentation.
(noun) 
Definition
something done to create an impression
We need to make a show of acknowledging their expertise.
Synonyms
pretence
He claimed the police beat him up under the pretence that he was resisting arrest.
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appearance
They gave the appearance of being on both sides.
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semblance
They had nursed Peter back to some semblance of health.
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illusion
Floor-to-ceiling windows give the illusion of extra space.
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pretext
They wanted a pretext to restart the war.
He excused himself on the pretext of a stomach ache.
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likeness
a disservice in the likeness of a favour
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affectation
She writes well, without fuss or affectation.
(noun) 
Definition
a theatrical or other entertainment
I had my own TV show.
Synonyms
programme
a series of TV programmes on global warming
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broadcast
a broadcast on the national radio
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presentation
Scottish Opera's presentation of Das Rheingold
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production
a critically acclaimed production of Othello
(noun) 
Definition
a theatrical or other entertainment
How about going to see a show in London?
Synonyms
entertainment
He organized entertainments and events for elderly people.
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performance
The band did three performances at the Royal Albert Hall.
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play
The company put on a play about the homeless.
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drama
He acted in radio dramas.
, , ,
theatrical performance

Phrasal verbs

See show off

Additional synonyms

in the sense of accompany
Definition
to go with (someone)
Ken agreed to accompany me on a trip to Africa.
Synonyms
go with,
hold (someone's) hand,
chaperon
in the sense of accord
Definition
to grant
On his return home, the government accorded him the rank of Colonel.
Synonyms
present with,
endow with,
bestow on,
confer on,
vouchsafe (old-fashioned),
impart with
in the sense of affectation
Definition
an attitude or manner put on to impress others
She writes well, without fuss or affectation.
Synonyms
posing,
posturing,
act,
pretentiousness,
hokum (slang, US, Canadian),
artificiality,
fakery,
affectedness,
assumed manners,
false display,
unnatural imitation

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