• To display, to have somebody see (something).
  • To bestow; to confer.
  • To indicate (a fact) to be true; to demonstrate.
  • To guide or escort.
  • To be visible; to be seen; to appear.
  • To put in an appearance; show up.
  • To have an enlarged belly and thus be recognizable as pregnant.
  • To finish third, especially of horses or dogs.
  • To reveal one's hand of cards.
  • To have a certain appearance, such as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear.



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  • From Middle English schewen, schawen, scheawen, from Old English scēawian ("to look, look at, exhibit, display"), from Proto-Germanic *skawwōną ("to look, see"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewh₁- ("to heed, look, feel, take note of"); see haw, gaum, caveat, caution.
  • Cognate with Scots shaw ("to show"), Saterland Frisian scoe ("to look, behold"), Dutch schouwen ("to inspect, view"), German schauen ("to see, behold"), Danish skue ("to behold"), Icelandic skygna ("to spy, behold, see"). Related to sheen.

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