show up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theyshow up
he/she/itshows up
present participleshowing up
past tenseshowed up
past participleshown up
  1. 1
    [intransitive] informal same as show1 (sense 10)

    I’ll be very surprised if they show up on time.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if something shows up, people can see it

    The writing didn’t show up very well on yellow paper.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make it possible to see something

      The white seat covers showed up every speck of dirt.

  3. 3
    [transitive] British to behave in a way that makes someone who you are with feel embarrassed

    You’re always showing me up in front of my friends.

See also main entry: show