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

Other Words from display


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

Choose the Right Synonym for display


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Alumni and fans of both schools are invited to join in a block party featuring live entertainment and a chance to display their school pride. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, 13 Aug. 2022 At quick glance, the June 1, 2019, image seems an odd choice to display, given the deflating moment from a heavyweight championship fight that was the pinnacle of his career. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 Some services may also offer the option to display a different greeting on the translated pages of your site. Jason Bland, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 This kitchen workstation takes advantage of vertical space while providing a writing surface, storage shelves, and a spot to display a family calendar and corkboard. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2022 Read full article Usually creating and selling her work in private, the Framingham artist was excited by the opportunity to display her artwork out in public to Natick residents and visitors. Katie Mogg, BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2022 Popular with celebrity designers like Joanna Gaines and Sabrina Soto, removable wallpaper gives you the opportunity to display bold wall prints and pops of color in a space with easy installation and damage-free removal. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 14 July 2022 For Mychal Mulder, who also is on a two-way deal, another chance to display his 3-point stroke, draining a pair. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 13 July 2022 But the movie makes frustratingly little of these environs, just sort of posturing and looking good, as if what matters most to the project is the ability to display its means, the ends be damned. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 20 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But this time, the Generation Gap host and Riverdale star put their relationship on display for a meaningful reason. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 12 Aug. 2022 Hall of Fame plaque will be on public display during the game. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 12 Aug. 2022 Which of the museum's current exhibits will be on public display in the new building is still being determined. Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, 2 Aug. 2022 Since the trade, Watson has been on public display, with fans questioning whether the league had the authority to ban him from playing despite no criminal charges. Rob Maaddi And Tom Withers, Chron, 1 Aug. 2022 Since the trade, Watson has been on public display, with fans questioning whether the league had the authority to ban him from playing despite no criminal charges. Rob Maaddi, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2022 Since the trade, Watson has been on public display, with fans questioning whether the league had the authority to ban him from playing despite no criminal charges. CBS News, 1 Aug. 2022 Carlos Rodón had some of his best stuff on display Sunday for the San Francisco Giants — and for all the other teams that might be watching. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 July 2022 And unlike former recovery projects that were purely commercial, Allen Exploration has a strict permit from the government of the Bahamas and is committed to keeping its entire collection together for public display. Bill Springer, Forbes, 31 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for display


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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