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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Other Words from display


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 To accompany the melancholy, almost spiritual vocals, Ices and director Aaron Brown created their own aura reading film technology in the style of the famous Polaroids which are said to display one’s inner being or spirit. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, "Aura Readings on Video? Lia Ices Shows How It’s Done," 2 Apr. 2021 Being able to display different colors and shapes and get the exact vision that their working towards is made so much easier on a tablet. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Tablet for Drawing," 1 Apr. 2021 Its fine shreds are Easter canon, often colored green to mimic blades of grass for decorating candies or for a model lawn to display dyed eggs. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "An Easter feast as tribute to the best of spring," 1 Apr. 2021 Users can also choose to display their own pictures, slides and backgrounds for complete customization. Sakshi Udavant, chicagotribune.com, "How to use Zoom," 1 Apr. 2021 The idea to display all these advertisements came about when Jude hosted a 40th anniversary party for his sign business in 2016. Douglas C. Towne, The Arizona Republic, "Vintage sign museum in Tucson electrifies Arizona's neon past," 1 Apr. 2021 Choosing these natural, pastel colored eggs is the perfect way to display nature's beauty, support local farmers, and create a spring keepsake to treasure for years to come. Rachael Lagarde Walker, Southern Living, "These DIY Gold Speckled Farmers' Market Easter Eggs Will Last for Years To Come," 31 Mar. 2021 After the guild canceled its plein air painting and art fair events last year, there was a decline in art sales and artists were challenged to virtually display their work, said Ellen Anderson, Cedarburg Artists' Guild president. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Cedarburg Artists' Guild will celebrate its 40th anniversary as events make a return this year," 31 Mar. 2021 The next best option: See them in a legitimate sanctuary that offers observation only, so the animals are free to display their natural behaviors. BostonGlobe.com, "Love animals? Here are some things not to do on your next vacation," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In stretches Sunday at Staples Center, that process, along with the potential the Clippers firmly believe the 35-year-old, two-time champion can unlock once that acclimation period ends was all on display during his 13 minutes. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers priming Rajon Rondo for playoffs with methodical approach," 5 Apr. 2021 Their glories have been on display for almost a week, in defiance of strong winds and cold hours. Washington Post, "Spring strengthens foothold here, as cherry blossoms seem on way out," 4 Apr. 2021 There are also plenty of dykey haircuts on display, plus evidence of goddess worship, nude homesteading, and polyamory. Sasha Archibald, The New Yorker, "The Photo Book That Let Lesbians See Themselves," 4 Apr. 2021 Putting a runner on second base in extra innings, a rule change instituted in 2020, was on display again on the opening day of 2021 when the Brewers and Twins were deadlocked, 5-5, after nine innings Thursday at American Family Field. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The runner-on-second rule gave the Brewers an exciting opener. But there's more to like than just that.," 3 Apr. 2021 Created with contributions from 950 artists from 479 cities in 70 countries, this game began on March 23 of last year, and after running for more than a year, will be on display as a web of interconnected artworks. New York Times, "Celebrate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Make Ratatouille," 3 Apr. 2021 The power of threes was on display Friday night during the semifinal round of the Class 2A boys state basketball tournament at Palmer High. Anchorage Daily News, "Class 2A boys basketball makes it rain with 40 3-pointers in two semifinal games," 3 Apr. 2021 The mummies will go on display at a royal hall built to accommodate them. Hatem Maher, ABC News, "Egyptian mummies pass through Cairo in parade worthy of royals," 3 Apr. 2021 His worn lathe remains on display at the Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association’s Owen-Pierce House Museum, a source of local pride. BostonGlobe.com, "Baseball bats passed down through generations in Vermont, from a stockbroker who wanted to spread joy," 3 Apr. 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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7 Apr 2021

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“Display.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/display. Accessed 17 Apr. 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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