AskDefine | Define shew

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shew v : establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound"; "The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture" [syn: prove, demonstrate, establish, show] [ant: disprove] [also: shewn]

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  1. To show.
  2. To prove.


  • , Genesis 12:1
    Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
  • 1786: Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page xiv.
    The section shewing its concavity and handle.
  • ????: M. Le Page Du Pratz, History of Louisisana (PG) page 40.
    I give it you without any other design than to shew you that I reckon nothing dear to me, when I want to do you a pleasure.


  1. simple past of show
    As I travelled the signposts shew me the way.


  1. A show.
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