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


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


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


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.


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 26-year-old has displayed a consistent uptick in his velocity since making his major-league debut in 2017. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brandon Woodruff has been bringing the heat lately for the Brewers," 19 June 2019 Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver (1629), which has rarely been displayed in public. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 In even the poorest parts of the Sundarbans, villagers have displayed an impressive capacity for adaptation. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, "This vanishing forest protects the coasts—and lives—of two countries," 17 June 2019 And the photo that Brooks would display at some of her campaign events was not of herself, but of Cecil Murray Harden, the only Republican woman that Indiana had previously elected to the House, who left office in 1959. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: GOP lawmaker who sought to recruit more women to run in 2020 is herself retiring," 14 June 2019 Some of the deceased who were said to have died of heart attacks had not displayed symptoms or had a heart condition, according to their families. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Brother of 'Shark Tank' star Barbara Corcoran found dead in Dominican Republic hotel room," 12 June 2019 The original quilt from Granby is extremely worn and may never have been displayed. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 10 June 2019 As the museum points out in its new members magazine, Cai choreographed fireworks for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and has displayed gunpowder pieces at the Prado Museum in Madrid in 2017 and at the Uffizi Galleries in Florence last year. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Museum of Art ignites burning river anniversary with incendiary art of Cai Guo-Qiang," 9 June 2019 So now, for me, however the works of Shakespeare were created, the creator had not only extensive book learning, languages, vocabulary, and life experience, but also the greatest understanding of women any playwright has ever displayed. Mark Rylance, The Atlantic, "Keep Questioning Shakespeare’s Identity," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Floats, patriotic displays, entertaining costumes and musical bands. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "July 4th 2019: Here are the SF Bay Area’s parades, fireworks and more," 20 June 2019 These grassroots fundraisers have stepped up to take on the skyrocketing cost of fireworks displays, which can range from $2,000 to $10,000. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan communities use GoFundMe to pay for fireworks displays," 19 June 2019 The traditional fireworks display, the launch for which has been moved to West Potomac Park and behind the Lincoln Memorial. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump's Fourth of July bash to include speech at Lincoln Memorial, parade, flyovers," 18 June 2019 In advance of Block 4, most existing F-35s are getting new hardware, including new cockpit displays, more system memory, and faster processors, in a package called Technology Refresh 3. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Here Are All the F-35's New Upgrades," 18 June 2019 The celebration will also include the Vietnam Traveling Wall (arriving July 8), a Veterans Hall of Heroes, military history displays, a USO show, military units in the Pan-O-Prog parade and vintage plane flyovers. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Lakeville gets its own ‘Freedom Rock’ in time for 100th anniversary of VFW post," 17 June 2019 People celebrated the African-American experience with live performances, cultural cuisine, art displays, forums, a children's zone with arts and crafts, vendors and more. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Phoenix community comes together to celebrate Juneteenth and build friendships," 16 June 2019 The day, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes music, food, shopping, and, of course, a display of all makes and models of Italian automobiles — from vintage Alfa Romeos, Fiats and Lamborghinis to the supercars of Ferrari, Pagani and Maserati. Courant Staff, courant.com, "Six things to do this weekend," 14 June 2019 As noted in a recent piece from Knoxville's WBIR-TV, the number to beat is 3,812 scarecrows on display, achieved by Burton-upon-Trent in England. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Gatlinburg, Tennessee Sets Its Sights on Beating the Strangest Record This Fall," 13 June 2019

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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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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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