dis·​play | \ di-ˈsplā \
displayed; displaying; displays

Definition of display 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 obsolete : descry

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : show off
2 : to make a breeding (see breeding sense 4) display penguins displayed and copulated


noun, often attributive

Definition of display (Entry 2 of 2)

1a(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 worldly display
c : type (see type entry 1 sense 2), composition, or printing designed to catch the eye
d : an eye-catching arrangement by which something is exhibited a display of artifacts merchandise in a window display often used with on her early paintings are currently on display
e : an electronic device (such as a LCD) or part of a device (such as the screen of a tablet) that presents information in visual form a temperature display also : the visual information presented
2 zoology : a pattern of behavior exhibited especially by male birds in the breeding season

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Other Words from display


displayable \ -​ˈsplā-​ə-​bəl \ adjective

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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

Examples of display in a Sentence


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


The library's current display features locally made crafts. Her trophies are in a display case. The celebration ended with a spectacular fireworks display.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The split comes as a shock to many Cardi and Offset fans, considering the rappers have frequently displayed their love and affection for each other with no (clear) signs of relationship struggles. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Cardi B Explains Why She and Offset Broke Up," 5 Dec. 2018 But the crown prince has displayed greater confidence on the world stage as time passed and President Trump indicated the U.S. wouldn’t move to punish him. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Qatar Builds Up Military, Spurred by Saudi-Led Blockade," 29 Nov. 2018 Republicans have displayed a sensitivity this year to their overwhelmingly male numbers. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "As number of GOP women in Congress dips, party seeks answers," 21 Nov. 2018 Since then, Meghan has displayed an enviable tour wardrobe, which has included looks from Karen Walker, Gabriela Hearst, and BOSS. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears J.Crew Jeans and a Karen Walker Blazer in Auckland, New Zealand," 29 Oct. 2018 In recent years, mainly young Kashmiris have displayed open solidarity with rebels and sought to protect them by engaging troops in street clashes during military operations. Fox News, "Clashes erupt around Kashmir after Indian troops kill man," 27 Sep. 2018 Over the last few years, Stripe has displayed even broader ambition: Introducing new products to help internet businesses do everything from incorporate to, most recently, create their own payment cards. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Stripe co-founder and president John Collison is coming to Code Commerce," 12 Sep. 2018 What better way to upcycle old shipping pallets then by displaying your liquor collection on them? Good Housekeeping, "This Shipping Pallet Bar Cart Is So Easy You Can DIY It In a Weekend," 15 Aug. 2018 As she’s headed to talk shows, photo calls, and premieres, Kunis has displayed a sophisticated new look thanks to her ongoing collaboration with stylists Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn and a wealth of pieces straight from the runway. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Mila Kunis’s Audrey Hepburn-Esque New Look Is Just Right," 3 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His subjects become more variegated and splotchy, sometimes bordering on the abstract, with the notable exception of many of his astonishingly varied—and little-known—landscapes, a rich selection of which are on display here. A.j. Goldmann, WSJ, "‘Oskar Kokoschka—Expressionist, Migrant, European. A Retrospective’ Review: Longevity as Blessing and Curse," 2 Jan. 2019 So to have my own collections on display five times was really special. Sandra Song, Teen Vogue, "Patrick Starrr on His Holiday MAC Collaboration, Makeup Shaming, and Inclusivity in the Beauty World," 23 Dec. 2018 The craftsmanship of the other items on display such as mirrors, bells and armor, was also exceptional. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 In addition to the decent graphics card, this laptop features a 15.6-inch matte IPS display that pushes a 1080p resolution, an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage via a 7,200RPM spinning drive. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "At $599, HP’s gaming laptop is an even better deal for casual gamers," 18 Dec. 2018 Local musicians perform at four sites along the lake, and, for the second year in a row, hot-air balloons are scheduled to be on display from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Holiday sights light up the night at Green Lake, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle and Tacoma zoos," 5 Dec. 2018 The jet also features a Central Pedestal Display that displays data in a six-by-eight-inch LCD display between the pilot’s legs, an advanced friend-or-foe recognition system, and an automatic ground-collision avoidance system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Slovakia Becomes the Newest—and Smallest—Country to Fly the F-16," 4 Dec. 2018 And each speaker features a full-color LED display—one that will likely remind you of video games from back in the day. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Bluetooth Speaker Looks Just Like A Tiny Retro TV," 30 Nov. 2018 Use your vigor, idealism, and drive to organize protests and marches, or even create a crazy weird political art display like in Sorry to Bother You or create a weird web series about politics. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About How You Should Prep for The 2018 Midterms," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of display


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for display

Verb and Noun

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

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English Language Learners Definition of display

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put (something) where people can see it

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



English Language Learners Definition of display (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.


dis·​play | \ di-ˈsplā \
displayed; displaying

Kids Definition of display

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to put (something) in plain sight The store displays toys in its window.
2 : to make clear the existence or presence of : show plainly display anger She displayed a gift for acting.



Kids Definition of display (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a presentation of something a fireworks display
2 : an arrangement of something where it can be easily seen a store display
3 : an electronic device (as a computer monitor) that shows information

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