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 Newington Parks and Recreation Department offers free refrigerator magnets that display all the concerts scheduled for the year. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 5 June 2019 The result is a collection of truly honest songs that display a wide range of emotions and technical capacity. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Local music picks for Phoenix: Flotsam and Jetsam, Wade Cota, Joey DeFrancesco, DaDadoh," 5 June 2019 The rating displayed on the profile will be the average of all the trips. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "Uber and Lyft have new features that you might not know about," 4 June 2019 For example, while the Boltons had control of Winterfell, their house sigil, an upside down flayed man, was displayed on the Northern castle during the opening sequence. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Season 8 Title Sequence Is Completely Different," 15 Apr. 2019 Robert Ingram discussed his collection in a video posted on the website for a local dealership that has displayed his cars and offered tours of his collection. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "Gas explosion also damaged world-famous Porsche collection," 12 Apr. 2019 Ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. is leading a parade of Silicon Valley companies to Wall Street that display an unusual quality with parallels to companies going public in the dot-com era: lots of red ink. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "Lyft Leading Wave of Startups That Will Make Debuts With Giant Losses," 25 Mar. 2019 As reported by Rolling Stone, during a Pasadena concert, kiosks disguised a facial-recognition camera inside an activation that displayed some highlights from her Reputation tour rehearsals. Sara Delgado, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Reportedly Used Facial-Recognition Tech at a Concert to Track Stalkers," 14 Dec. 2018 Swift’s facial recognition system was built into a kiosk that displayed highlights of her rehearsals, which would secretly record onlookers’ faces. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Taylor Swift tracked stalkers with facial recognition tech at her concert," 12 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On a quiet weekday afternoon at El Rincon Poblano, Felipe and Maria Tehuitzl man the front of the house while their kids giggle and play behind a display case loaded with ice cream. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Pueblan-style Mexican food at this family-owned restaurant made a dining critic do a happy dance," 5 June 2019 Beyond the display case out front, Wayne can often be seen making his signature caramel apples, turtles or warm pralines. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al.com, "The sweet story of The Birmingham Candy Company," 4 June 2019 That's right -- the metal stand designed to hold the display costs as much as one of Apple's premium iPhones, like the iPhone X. Mac Pro's crazy expensive Pro Display XDR doesn't even come with a stand. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Apple's top Mac Pro computer costs more than the average car," 4 June 2019 Novielli had a few more display tidbits for the WWDC crowd, too. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple unveils the Pro Display XDR, a display unlike anything else on the market," 3 June 2019 Mountcastle’s power display concluded with a two-run homer in the sixth. Stephen Ruiz, orlandosentinel.com, "One day after belting walk-off homer, Baltimore Orioles’ top prospect from Oviedo goes deep 3 times," 3 June 2019 In addition to the finicky remote touch pad on the center console, the standard 8.0-inch display screen is now a touchscreen, which should help make things a bit more intuitive. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2020 Lexus RX Sharpens Its Look and Purports to Fix Its Infotainment Issues," 30 May 2019 While the term 'curio cabinet' is a bit old-fashioned, these display cases are appearing more often in modern home designs. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The Best Way to Use a Curio Cabinet," 23 May 2019 Fans noticed something sketch in the background of her video, though: a Jeffree Star Cosmetics makeup display. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Twitter is Dragging Tati Westbrook for Filming Her James Charles Video With Jeffree Star Lipsticks in the Background," 17 May 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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