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display

verb dis·play \ di-ˈsplā \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of display

transitive verb
1 a : 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 4) display
  • penguins displayed and copulated

displayable

play \-ˈsplā-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of display in a Sentence

  1. Students displayed their projects at the science fair.

  2. Toys were displayed in the store window.

  3. Her awards are prominently displayed on the mantel.

  4. The museum displays relics found during the excavation of the site.

  5. He displayed no emotion when I told him the news.

  6. I was impressed by the care she displayed in making the flower arrangements.

  7. The rookie player displayed great skill.

  8. The company has displayed exceptional dedication to this community.

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Origin and Etymology of display

Middle English, from Anglo-French desplaier, desploier, literally, to unfold — more at deploy

Synonym Discussion of 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

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display

noun, often attributive

Definition of display

1 a (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 1type 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

Examples of display in a Sentence

  1. The library's current display features locally made crafts.

  2. Her trophies are in a display case.

  3. The celebration ended with a spectacular fireworks display.

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Origin and Etymology of display



DISPLAY Defined for English Language Learners

display

verb

Definition of display for English Language Learners

  • : to put (something) where people can see it

  • : to show that you have (an emotion, quality, skill, etc.)


display

noun

Definition of display for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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display

verb dis·play \ di-ˈsplā \

Definition of display for Students

displayed; displaying
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.

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display

noun

Definition of display for Students

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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