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 prints on the smaller end of the scale would display beautifully on a bookshelf or side table, while the larger prints can proudly hang from your parents' living room wall to flaunt snapshots of their beloved grandkids. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Minted's Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art Is THE Perfect Gift for Your Nearest and Dearest," 5 Mar. 2019 And a nimble Suki Waterhouse displayed undeniable kickboxing abilities. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Gabrielle Union-Wade, Hailey Bieber, and More," 3 Feb. 2019 And here, Meghan displayed her magic touch once again. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Reveals Baby Secrets as She Brings Magic Touch to Royal Day Out," 14 Jan. 2019 To prevent users from suspecting their phones were infected, the apps displayed the ads in a window that was zero pixels high and zero wide. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "22 apps with 2 million+ Google Play downloads had a malicious backdoor," 6 Dec. 2018 In an eclectic series of projects, Ella Hunt displays a range of talents far beyond her years. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Chanel Sets Sail for New York City," 15 Nov. 2018 The cartoon displayed Friday's date as well as the name of the Illinois Times, an alternative weekly newspaper based in Springfield. Samuel Chamberlain | Fox News, Fox News, "Far-left cartoonist accused of targeting Kavanaugh's 10-year-old daughter in vicious cartoon," 26 Oct. 2018 Our smart homes won't display videos on the wall, but they can be programmed to wake you up. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "How Does Disney's Smart House Compare To Today's Smart Home Technology?," 7 Aug. 2018 Mina displayed remarkable recovery tackles during Russia 2018. SI.com, "Why Tottenham Should Move to Sign Colombia Defender Yerry Mina From Barcelona," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Well With Others The F-35's ability to integrate all that information into an easy-to-interpret display doesn’t just benefit one pilot. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "An F-35 Pilot Explains What It's Like To Fly the Joint Strike Fighter," 5 Mar. 2019 Following the Great Exhibition's closing, a £5,000 grant from Parliament allowed for a number of objects to be purchased for an ongoing display. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The True Story of Prince Albert's Great Exhibition," 4 Mar. 2019 Princess Eugenie's wedding dresses are currently on display to the general public in Windsor Castle’s Grand Reception Room. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Says Her Second Wedding Dress Was Inspired By Grace Kelly," 2 Mar. 2019 The paintings first started in the 1800s when women in the village painted floral displays to cover up the soot caused by smoky stoves. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 This was on display earlier in the week when Kate donned a J. Crew sweater that retails for $80 and is still available online. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Favorite Casual Boat Shoes Are On Sale," 18 Jan. 2019 Today, many famous displays stand tall around the world, including the Pope’s Christmas Tree in Vatican City, the Floating Christmas Tree in Brazil, and the Murano Christmas Tree in Italy. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 2018 But special circumstances — such as coronal holes and giant explosions of solar plasma called coronal mass ejections — can extend the intensity and the reach of these dazzling light displays. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Hole in Sun's Atmosphere Amps Up Northern Lights," 11 Sep. 2018 Opponents, including a group called Scenic San Diego that has also fought against billboards, say that no coastal jurisdictions in California allow either building wraps or large advertising kiosks with video displays. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Public outcry prompts port to shelve looser policy for building wrap ads," 13 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'display.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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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