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 onher 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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Other Words from display


displayable \ di-​ˈsplā-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce displayable (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 Cincinnati Enquirer The Cincinnati Enquirer will provide regular stories of kindness and levity displayed as Greater Cincinnatians cope with the new coronavirus pandemic. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Kindness - window visits, true hospitality, UC relief funds," 25 Mar. 2020 Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours of many world museums, as well as the non-museum Chauvet Cave, which displays 36,000-year-old paintings. David Morgan, CBS News, "Virtual museum-going: A guide for socially-distanced art lovers," 25 Mar. 2020 The couple have been staying in touch with their followers via social media, offering updates on their health and Wilson displaying her rap skills. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson want you to join the #CouchParty," 24 Mar. 2020 Through examination such as this, the investigators determined the pieces, displayed by the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., were forgeries. Tasneem Alsultan, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 23 Mar. 2020 Unmarked police units observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot area, displaying a fictitious temporary tag, not returning to a registration. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 23 Mar. 2020 One example of this, according to Cleve Jones, a longtime HIV and LGBTQ activist, was the cavalier attitude displayed by individuals during the earliest days of both crises toward their chances of contracting the virus. NBC News, "How to survive a pandemic: HIV experts and activists on lessons learned," 22 Mar. 2020 The receivers of such messages can decrypt them by copying the emoji or characters using the app, with the original text then displayed automatically on the keyboard’s interface. Jane Li, Quartz, "A keyboard encryption app used to skirt coronavirus censorship was removed by Apple in China," 20 Mar. 2020 The extra time in red-wine casks imparts a red-berry fruit characteristic atop flavors of banana, toffee, and sweet pastry, displaying an excellent balance of fruit and spice. Clay Dillow, Fortune, "The best Irish whiskeys to drink right now," 17 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Arizona, those competing concerns have been on public display for more than a week as Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has openly urged Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to more aggressively respond to the threat of coronavirus. Katie O'connell, azcentral, "The Gaggle podcast breaks down how Arizona's political leaders are responding to COVID-19," 25 Mar. 2020 Chinese millennials, who have come of age in the increasingly prosperous but increasingly repressive nation led by Xi Jinping, have not been known for boldness or public displays of social responsibility. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "Will the Coronavirus Change the Way China’s Millennials See Their Country?," 18 Mar. 2020 Otherwise known as the southern lights, the colorful display is widely considered one of Earth's most beautiful sights. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "How This Colorist Created the Stunning Hair Dye Version of the Aurora Australis," 18 Mar. 2020 One interpretation of the display is that the opposing plane represents the virus, while the rest of the planes symbolize Italian unity and resolve in the face of the pandemic. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Italy’s Flight Demo Team Gives Nation an Emotional Boost," 16 Mar. 2020 Despite its aggressive efforts to censor public displays of discontent, the government has not been able to stifle the simmering anger that the epidemic has caused at home. Steven Lee Myers, BostonGlobe.com, "China’s leader tours center of coronavirus epidemic, signaling confidence," 10 Mar. 2020 The rest is a history of marketing genius—documented in the largest-ever public display of artefacts from the Levi Strauss & Co. archive. The Economist, "Rhapsody in blue The legend of Levi Strauss," 20 Feb. 2020 At Uniandes, the contentious case of Amézquita Torres put the challenges facing Latin American universities in the #MeToo era on very public display. Lindzi Wessel, Science | AAAS, "‘The spark has ignited.’ Latin American scientists intensify fight against sexual harassment," 20 Feb. 2020 And this public display of her principles have only reminded her fans just how inspiring her outlook truly is. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Clarkson Responds After Valerie Bertinelli Shuts Down Body-Shamer With One Amazing Tweet," 20 Feb. 2020

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

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29 Mar 2020

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“Display.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/display. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce display (audio)

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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