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showcase

[shoh-keys] /ˈʃoʊˌkeɪs/
noun
1.
a glass case for the display and protection of articles in shops, museums, etc.
2.
an exhibit or display, usually of an ideal or representative model of something.
3.
the setting, place, or vehicle for displaying something on a trial basis:
The club is a showcase for new comics.
verb (used with object), showcased, showcasing.
4.
to exhibit or display.
5.
to present in or as if in an entertainment showcase:
The bar showcases young jazz pianists.
6.
to show to best advantage:
The part minimizes her acting ability and showcases her singing.
7.
to present as a special event:
The TV network plans to showcase a new production of the play.
adjective
8.
prominently or proudly regarded or presented:
a showcase city.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; show + case2
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Examples from the web for showcase
  • Paint shelves and the wall behind them an eye-catching color to showcase books and accessories.
  • In the living room, they created a built-in display case to showcase art and conceal stereo equipment.
  • Don't clutter your display by trying to showcase everything.
  • The idea was to showcase economically feasible ways to reduce the energy use of existing buildings around the world.
  • Several interactive museum exhibits showcase how your brain responds to its surroundings.
  • Then there are those who enviously attempt to use the background of his work to showcase their own egotistical worth.
  • The contest is an opportunity to showcase the varied forms that biological research can take.
  • They will conduct interviews with artists and showcase their work, and invite artists to post guest-posts.
  • Find ways to showcase your value-added skills by volunteering your services in organizations on and off campus.
  • If you are having lunch with him, bring it up and showcase your teaching credentials.
British Dictionary definitions for showcase

showcase

/ˈʃəʊˌkeɪs/
noun
1.
a glass case used to display objects in a museum or shop
2.
a setting in which anything may be displayed to best advantage
verb
3.
(transitive) to exhibit or display
adjective
4.
displayed or meriting display as in a showcase
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Word Origin and History for showcase
n.

"glass case for exhibiting valuable things," 1835, from show (v.) + case (n.2). In the extended sense, it is attested from 1937. The verb is first recorded 1945. Related: Showcased; showcasing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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