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noun show pronunciation in British English /ʃəʊ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a performance, especially in a theatre

    She had tickets to see the new show at the Aldwych Theatre.

    The show features three new actors in the main roles.

    the show opens (=appears for the first time):

    She walked out three days before the show was due to open.

    steal the show (=be the most impressive performer):

    She only had a small part but she stole the show.

    1. a.
      a television or radio programme

      It’s the funniest comedy show on television.

      host/present a show:

      I listened to a Radio 2 show hosted by Paul Jones.

      a quiz/game show (=in which people answer questions and win prizes):

      They spend their days watching game shows.

    2. c.
      informal any type of event or occasion

      The interview turned out to be quite a show.

  2. 2
    [singular] something that you do in order to make people realize what your opinions or intentions are
    a show of force/strength:

    The attack was clearly intended as a show of force.

    In a rare show of unity, both Catholic and Protestant leaders appeared together at yesterday’s peace rally.

    1. a.
      [singular/uncountable] an occasion when you pretend to have particular feelings
      put on/make a show of something:

      They made a show of affection for the sake of the children.

      for show (=in order to give a false appearance):

      The kisses and warm words were clearly just for show.



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