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verb dis·play \di-ˈsplā\

Simple Definition of display

  • : to put (something) where people can see it

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of display

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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>

  3. 2 obsolete :  descry

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 obsolete :  show off

  6. 2 :  to make a breeding display <penguins displayed and copulated>


play \-ˈsplā-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of display in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of display

Middle English, from Anglo-French desplaier, desploier, literally, to unfold — more at deploy

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of display

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine <showed her snapshots to the whole group>. exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly <exhibit paintings at a gallery>. display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage <display sale items>. expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying <sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers>. parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying <parading their piety for all to see>. flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading <nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth>.

show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent. show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words <careful not to show his true feelings>. manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation <manifested musical ability at an early age>. evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something <a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service>. evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs <evinced not the slightest fear>. demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling <demonstrated their approval by loud applause>.



noun, often attributive dis·play

Simple Definition of display

  • : 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.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of display

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  a pattern of behavior exhibited especially by male birds in the breeding season

Examples of display in a sentence

  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


DISPLAY Defined for Kids



verb dis·play \di-ˈsplā\

Definition of display for Students



  1. 1 :  to put (something) in plain sight <The store displays toys in its window.>

  2. 2 :  to make clear the existence or presence of :  show plainly <display anger> <She displayed a gift for acting.>



noun dis·play

Definition of display for Students

  1. 1 :  a presentation of something <a fireworks display>

  2. 2 :  an arrangement of something where it can be easily seen <a store display>

  3. 3 :  an electronic device (as a computer monitor) that shows information

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