dis·​play | \ di-ˈsplā How to pronounce display (audio) \
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 : to make a breeding (see breeding sense 4) display penguins displayed and copulated
2 obsolete : show off


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 : 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
d : 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
e : type (see type entry 1 sense 2), composition, or printing designed to catch the eye
2 zoology : a pattern of behavior exhibited especially by male birds in the breeding season

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displayable \ di-​ˈsplā-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce display (audio) \ 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

Verb 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. Noun 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 So Parsons came up with a solution: Rent out an office space in New York City's East Village neighborhood that doubles as her own personal beauty museum to display her myriad of antique lipstick, compacts, and wigs in all their glory. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How I Turned My Love of Vintage Makeup Into the Beauty Museum of My Dreams," 7 May 2021 The owner supports my message and was kind enough to display two of my campaign signs in the window of his business. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster election: Mayoral, council candidates state their case to voters," 7 May 2021 Despite being Tennessee's leading rusher from last season with 772 yards, the junior wasn't able to fully display his talents in an offense that was near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "The 15 biggest transfers in college football: Oklahoma, Florida State headline top moves," 28 Apr. 2021 Target Field operators are looking for artists to offer ideas for new works to display in a prominent spot outside the Minnesota Twins' ballpark. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Twins and Target Field seeking new artists to create works for ballpark plaza," 22 Apr. 2021 Indiana’s players had to display in the wake of head coach Archie Miller’s firing, assistant coach Kenya Hunter had to do the same. The Indianapolis Star, "Assistant coach Kenya Hunter happy to return to IU under Mike Woodson," 15 Apr. 2021 The decision to display performance equipment in front of JonOne's work goes back to 2016. Hyun Soo Kim, ABC News, "Young couple mistakenly vandalizes $440,000 painting in South Korea," 2 Apr. 2021 He was perhaps best known for his participation in the development of Herceptin, a drug used to treat patients with an aggressive form of breast cancer in which tumors display an abnormally high level of the growth-promoting protein HER2. Washington Post, "José Baselga, pioneer in breast cancer treatment, dies at 61," 24 Mar. 2021 People are also building ways to display NFT art in your home. NBC News, "What's an NFT? Behind the boom for digital collectibles," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The biggest expectation is an improvement in the display. Ewan Spence, Forbes, "Latest MacBook Pro Leaks Are Great Reasons To Not Buy Apple’s Laptop," 9 May 2021 For Freckles, the next stop is the permanent lobster display at the Virginia Living Museum. Washington Post, "A rare calico lobster was rescued from a Red Lobster. It’s now headed to a Virginia exhibit.," 9 May 2021 The display can be seen at the center or online at at www.asc701.org/2021-annual-pine-bluff-high-school. Pine Bluff Commercial, Arkansas Online, "Calendar 5-8-21," 8 May 2021 Liquid or condensation on the rear seat control display may cause the front passenger seat to move back as far as possible. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for April 29-May 6," 7 May 2021 The gatherings could be impressive, with 12 to 15 other species, including cardinals, blue jays and woodpeckers, competing for branch space to watch the display. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Bird Brawlers Love Spectators—Other Avian Species Are Welcome at Ringside," 6 May 2021 The display will show a map and location of where your AirTagged item can be found. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Airtags from Apple: Do they actually make life easier?," 6 May 2021 The California trial is unlikely to thwart Apple, but it’s the starkest display of antagonism against a tech firm yet. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Apple on Trial," 5 May 2021 The fireworks display is traditionally held at Niles West High School at a cost of about $46,000, including the cost of bands that play before the celebration, said Tuft. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Skokie cancels Fourth of July fireworks and parade," 4 May 2021

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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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Time Traveler for display

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The first known use of display was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

13 May 2021

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“Display.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/display. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce display (audio) \
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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