Show and Tell


Show Definitions
Show verb – To present so as to invite notice or attention.
Usage example: fishing for compliments, the neighbors showed their new SUV to everyone on the block

Tell is a synonym for show. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Show".
Nearby Words: showy, showed, showing, showcase, shown
Synonyms for Show


Show Definitions
Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Show is a synonym for tell in reveal topic. Sometimes you can use "Show" instead a verb "Tell".
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

character show character tell character
name show name tell name
someone show someone tell someone
audience show audience tell audience
Other nouns: time, world, side, everyone, feelings.

Both words in one sentence

  • Black Comedy Later, in the same episode, it's show and tell, and during Pixie Goblin's show and tell he tries to show his sword.
    Source: Black Comedy
  • You tell or show him the one thing that absolutely proves your claim beyond a shadow of a doubt.
  • Author Avatar Monster of the Week has the author appearing sometimes (usually on the coach in the living room) to show or tell the readers how does she feel about the episode she's currently abridging.
    Source: Author Avatar
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Tell and Show. (2016). Retrieved 2021, May 06, from
Show & Tell. N.p., 2016. Web. 06 May. 2021. <>.
Tell or Show. 2016. Accessed May 06, 2021.

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