display

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

display

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

Verb

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

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Verb

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

The limits of human innovation were cruelly displayed with the destruction of such a technically remarkable ship. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Wild Conspiracy That the Titanic Never Sank," 27 Feb. 2019 The diamond was displayed at the 1983 World’s Fair, used in the promotional materials for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and featured in the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris during the mid-nineties. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Just Brought 128 Carats Worth of Bling to the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 The sketches are displayed along corridor Princess’s Court Arcade in the west London palace. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Rare Sketches of Princess Diana's Iconic Wardrobe Go on Display at Kensington Palace," 19 Feb. 2019 Users will receive two pop-up notifications before their free theme is removed; the first will be displayed 24 hours before the 14-day expiration. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung will only allow free themes to be used for 14 days starting with Android 9 Pie update," 15 Nov. 2018 Some products are displayed with a QR code, so shoppers can use their Amazon app to drop the product right into their shopping cart, and to browse through recommendations of similar toys. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Amazon’s 70-page catalog will be sent to millions of customers.," 7 Nov. 2018 Many will be displayed in the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, the first phase of which is expected to be inaugurated later this year. Fox News, "Archaeologists in Egypt discover ancient mummification workshop," 2 Oct. 2018 Originally displayed at the Detroit Auto Show in 2017, the I.D. Buzz is a high-tech version of the classic Kombi van with loads of amenities. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Volkswagen debuts electric cargo version of iconic hippie van," 20 Sep. 2018 Their pieces are displayed gallery-style and sold during shows and during the week to people who stop by. Bryce Airgood, Detroit Free Press, "Artist with special needs brightens up Berkley with chalk drawings," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ankara builds parts of the fuselage, landing gear and cockpit displays, a boon for the country’s aerospace industry. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Is Pausing Deliveries of F-35 Equipment to Turkey," 3 Apr. 2019 Makeup and masculinity aren't mutually exclusive — a fact that is finally on full display, colorfully and unapologetically. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why Taemin Won't Apologize For His Androgynous Aesthetic Anymore," 15 Mar. 2019 Branca’s new designs are on display in a private apartment above de Gournay’s flagship showroom in Paris’s Saint-Germain neighborhood. Penelope Rowlands, ELLE Decor, "Designer Alessandra Branca's New Private Client Atelier by the Seine," 15 Mar. 2019 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised the 'mature' display from Paul Pogba as France beat Belgium in the first 2018 World Cup semifinal on Tuesday night, with the United midfielder one of the best performers on the pitch. SI.com, "Jose Mourinho Praises 'Mature' Performance by Paul Pogba in France's World Cup Semifinal," 11 July 2018 Also on display is a photo of Lachlan as a boy, wearing a New York Post ball cap. Sarah Ellison, The Seattle Times, "Younger Murdoch take the reins. How will he deal with Trump?," 25 Mar. 2019 The display might be the least of the Oculus Rift S’s changes though, to be honest. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Hands-on: The $399 Oculus Rift S kicks off the next gen of PC-based VR by appealing to the masses," 20 Mar. 2019 Oh and Brooksbank's suit will also be on display too, for anyone who is looking for some stylish suit inspo. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Is Getting the Meghan Markle Treatment," 8 Feb. 2019 The lip display is fodder for Instagram, although the extremely visible wires perhaps undercut its impact somewhat, and my fusilletti with pomodoro sauce and extra tomatoes was quite tasty. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "At the Pastagram, everyone was eating, and no one was taking pictures of it.," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of display

Verb

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

Noun

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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More Definitions for display

display

verb

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.)

display

noun

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.

display

verb
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.

display

noun

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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