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 onher 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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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

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 On the Stay Close offer, the price will display as an average of the two nights. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, "8 great hotel deals for your Arizona staycation, plus a Las Vegas flight-hotel combo," 27 June 2020 One reason, in the view of a juror in a prominent police case, is authority — officers display it, and jurors, more often than not, defer to it. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Why is it hard to convict police officers of homicide? One reason is authority, juror says," 22 June 2020 Friday, the screens will display a countdown of the minutes a Minneapolis cop knelt on the throat of George Floyd until his breath was gone, in response to the national outcry for racial justice in America. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Juneteenth feels different this year for autoworker," 19 June 2020 Salons should also no longer display nail polish bottles on a shelf and instead ask customers to choose a color from a palette that can be disinfected. USA TODAY, "Silver Dollar City, ‘Thunder’ silenced, empty Vegas buffets: News from around our 50 states," 16 June 2020 Clicking on the address bar will display the full URL, as will switching tabs. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google is messing with the address bar again—new experiment hides URL path," 15 June 2020 Particles can display many interesting and surprising phenomena. Quanta Magazine, "Why Gravity Is Not Like the Other Forces," 15 June 2020 Just like foods that display health information the package, researchers are exploring a tool that details how connected devices manage data. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "IoT Security Is a Mess. Privacy 'Nutrition' Labels Could Help," 9 June 2020 Students from Dallas’ arts magnet high school for the performing and visual arts used paint and heartfelt words to dress up the plywood on windows that usually display mannequins sporting the latest fashions. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Neiman Marcus’ damaged windows morph into messages of support and healing," 7 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also on display: A collection of intimate letters between Kahlo and Muray. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Frida Kahlo photos at Catalina Island Museum: Your weekend must-see," 27 June 2020 Senators already met for a floor session, where the good spirits and bipartisanship on display throughout a grueling Thursday continued. oregonlive, "Oregon lawmakers enter third and likely final day of special session," 26 June 2020 And today, the ugliness that is on display is amplified, not calmed, by the American president. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "America’s Uniquely Humiliating Moment," 24 June 2020 Blanco considers his relationship with various pieces on display, including a pair of leather sandals worn by a Chimú child some time between 1100 and 1400, and his musings are paired with images of works from the exhibition in the video. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Inspired by an exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, poet Richard Blanco explores the meaning of home," 24 June 2020 Bare windows also keep original stained glass on display. Marni Elyse Katz, Better Homes & Gardens, "Coastal Colors and Boho-Inspired Accents Revive This 130-Year-Old Victorian," 23 June 2020 The change was on display in the days after the death of Floyd when the current police chief, Joseph Wysocki, joined with demonstrators marching against police brutality. NBC News, "Camden, N.J. disbanded its police force. Here's what happened next.," 22 June 2020 Today, Browder’s vision was on display at Montgomery’s Court Square. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Montgomery slave market site bears ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural," 19 June 2020 At the Chasing Rainbows Museum — the one place in the park really devoted to her career and stardom — the Coat of Many Colors, which inspired Dolly’s iconic song, is on display. Julie Tremaine, Travel + Leisure, "I Went to Dollywood on Opening Day — Here's What It Was Like," 18 June 2020

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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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The first known use of display was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

29 Jun 2020

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“Display.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/display. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce display (audio)

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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