verb dis·play \di-ˈsplā\

: to put (something) where people can see it

: to show that you have (an emotion, quality, skill, etc.)

Full Definition of DISPLAY

transitive verb
a :  to put or spread before the view <display the flag>
b :  to make evident <displayed great skill>
c :  to exhibit ostentatiously <liked to display his erudition>
obsolete :  descry
intransitive verb
obsolete :  show off
:  to make a breeding display <penguins displayed and copulated>
dis·play·able \-ˈsplā-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of DISPLAY

  1. Students displayed their projects at the science fair.
  2. Toys were displayed in the store window.
  3. Her awards are prominently displayed on the mantel.
  4. The museum displays relics found during the excavation of the site.
  5. He displayed no emotion when I told him the news.
  6. I was impressed by the care she displayed in making the flower arrangements.
  7. The rookie player displayed great skill.
  8. The company has displayed exceptional dedication to this community.

Origin of DISPLAY

Middle English, from Anglo-French desplaier, desploier, literally, to unfold — more at deploy
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with DISPLAY

abbé, affray, agley, airplay, airway, aisleway, all-day, allay, allée, Angers, Anhui, archway, array, ashtray, assay, astray, Augier, away, aweigh, backstay, ballet, base pay, bat ray, beignet, belay, beltway, benday, beret, betray, bewray, bidet, bikeway, birthday, Biscay, Bizet, blasé, bobstay, Bombay, Bossuet, bouchée, bouclé, boule, bouquet, Bourget, bourrée, breezeway, Bouvet, Broadway, buffet, byplay, byway, cachet, café, cahier, Cambay, Cathay, causeway, chaîné, chalet, chambray, chassé, child's play, ciré, cliché, congé, convey, co-pay, Corday, corvée, coudé, coupé, crawlway, crochet, croquet, crossway, cube, curé, cy pres, DA, daresay, D-day, death ray, decay, deejay, defray, delay, dengue, dismay, distrait, DJ, donnée, doomsday, doorway, dossier, downplay, dragée, driveway, duvet, Earl Grey, embay, épée, essay, estray, Ewe, fair play, fairway, Feuillet, field day, filé, filet, fillet, fireclay, fishway, flambé, flight pay, floodway, flyway, folkway, footway, foray, force play, forebay, foreplay, forestay, formée, forte, fouetté, foul play, Fouquet, four-way, fourchée, foyer, franglais, frappé, freeway, Friday, frieze, fumet, gainsay, Galway, gamay, gangway, gateway, gelée, give way, glacé, godet, gourmet, Green Bay, greenway, guideway, gunplay, hair spray, halfway, hallway, Hannay, harm's way, hatchway, headway, hearsay, Hebei, Hefei, heyday, highway, hold sway, homestay, hooray, horseplay, Hubei, in play, in re, inlay, inveigh, Islay, issei, jackstay, James Bay, jennet, jeté, Jetway, Jolliet, keyway, Kobe, koine, kouprey, lamé, laneway, lay day, leeway, lifeway, Lomé, Lord's day, lwei, lycée, M-day, maguey, mainstay, make hay, Malay, malgré, man-day, Mande, Manet, manqué, margay, massé, match play, maté, May Day, Medway, melee, meze, midday, midway, Midway, Millay, Millet, mislay, misplay, moiré, Monday, Monet, Mornay, name day, Niamey, nisei, noonday, Norway, nosegay, obey, OK, olé, ombré, one-way, osprey, Otway, outlay, outré, outstay, outweigh, oyez, PA, parfait, parkway, parlay, parquet, partway, passé, pâté, pathway, pavé, payday, pearl gray, per se, pince-nez, pipe clay, piqué, piquet, pith ray, PK, plié, plissé, pommée, Pompeii, portray, prepay, projet, pulque, puree, purvey, quale, Quesnay, raceway, Rahway, railway, rappee, red bay, relay, repay, replay, risqué, roadway, Roget, role-play, ropeway, rosé, rosebay, Roubaix, roué, routeway, runway, sachet, saint's day, Salé, sansei, sashay, sauté, screenplay, scrub jay, seaway, Shark Bay, shar-pei, shipway, short-day, sick bay, sick day, sick pay, sideway, skyway, slideway, slipway, sluiceway, soigné, soiree, someday, someway, soothsay, soufflé, speedway, spillway, squeeze play, stairway, sternway, stingray, straightway, strathspey, stroke play, subway, Sunday, survey, sweet bay, swordplay, tea tray, tempeh, thoughtway, thruway, Thursday, tideway, today, Tokay, tollway, Torbay, touché, toupee, trackway, tramway, Tuesday, Twelfth Day, two-way, unlay, unsay, valet, V-day, veejay, vide, visé, Vouvray, walkway, waylay, Wednesday, weekday, white way, windway, wood ray, wordplay, workday


noun, often attributive

: an arrangement of objects intended to decorate, advertise, entertain, or inform people about something

: an event at which something is done or shown to impress or entertain people

: an action, performance, etc., which shows very clearly that you have some ability, feeling, quality, etc.

Full Definition of DISPLAY

a (1) :  a setting or presentation of something in open view <a fireworks display> (2) :  a clear sign or evidence :  exhibition <a display of courage>
b :  ostentatious show
c :  type, composition, or printing designed to catch the eye
d :  an eye-catching arrangement by which something is exhibited <a display of artifacts> —often used with on <her early paintings are currently on display>
e :  an electronic device (as a cathode-ray tube) that presents information in visual form; also :  the visual information
:  a pattern of behavior exhibited especially by male birds in the breeding season

Examples of DISPLAY

  1. The library's current display features locally made crafts.
  2. Her trophies are in a display case.
  3. The celebration ended with a spectacular fireworks display.

First Known Use of DISPLAY



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