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

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displayable \ di-​ˈsplā-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce display (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 So Parsons came up with a solution: Rent out an office space in New York City's East Village neighborhood that doubles as her own personal beauty museum to display her myriad of antique lipstick, compacts, and wigs in all their glory. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How I Turned My Love of Vintage Makeup Into the Beauty Museum of My Dreams," 7 May 2021 The owner supports my message and was kind enough to display two of my campaign signs in the window of his business. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster election: Mayoral, council candidates state their case to voters," 7 May 2021 Despite being Tennessee's leading rusher from last season with 772 yards, the junior wasn't able to fully display his talents in an offense that was near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "The 15 biggest transfers in college football: Oklahoma, Florida State headline top moves," 28 Apr. 2021 Target Field operators are looking for artists to offer ideas for new works to display in a prominent spot outside the Minnesota Twins' ballpark. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Twins and Target Field seeking new artists to create works for ballpark plaza," 22 Apr. 2021 Indiana’s players had to display in the wake of head coach Archie Miller’s firing, assistant coach Kenya Hunter had to do the same. The Indianapolis Star, "Assistant coach Kenya Hunter happy to return to IU under Mike Woodson," 15 Apr. 2021 The decision to display performance equipment in front of JonOne's work goes back to 2016. Hyun Soo Kim, ABC News, "Young couple mistakenly vandalizes $440,000 painting in South Korea," 2 Apr. 2021 He was perhaps best known for his participation in the development of Herceptin, a drug used to treat patients with an aggressive form of breast cancer in which tumors display an abnormally high level of the growth-promoting protein HER2. Washington Post, "José Baselga, pioneer in breast cancer treatment, dies at 61," 24 Mar. 2021 People are also building ways to display NFT art in your home. NBC News, "What's an NFT? Behind the boom for digital collectibles," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On top of this, a profound level of disrespect toward trans people was on display during Dr. Levine's confirmation hearing, particularly in Sen. Rand Paul's comments. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, "The Doctor Is In: Assistant Secretary For Health Rachel Levine Answers Your Questions," 28 Apr. 2021 The original guitar will also be on display at the casino. Karen Caffarini, chicagotribune.com, "Hard Rock getting in tune for May 14 opening with music memorabilia: ‘This property is really dedicated to the local scene, especially Gary’," 28 Apr. 2021 There are no Bengals on display, but the zoo did recently welcome three very cute tiger cubs as its newest residents. cleveland, "11 NFL Draft-adjacent things to see, do and eat in Cleveland," 28 Apr. 2021 Partisan divisions were on display when committee Republicans asked their questions. Adia Robinson, ABC News, "GOP senators grill potential Biden Supreme Court pick," 28 Apr. 2021 Dukovic’s photograph will be on display until Trump’s presidential portrait is completed. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Smithsonian unveils photograph of Trump in National Portrait Gallery," 27 Apr. 2021 The Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix currently has two exhibitions on display. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "11 must-see arts for metro Phoenix in May include a Frank Sinatra tribute and Swan Lake," 27 Apr. 2021 The iconic wedding dress worn by Princess Diana will go on display at London’s Kensington Palace for the first time in 25 years when the royal residence reopens to the public this summer. Los Angeles Times, "Princess Diana’s wedding dress will go on display, on loan from Harry and William," 27 Apr. 2021 During the summer months of 1942, shoppers in Peoria grocery stores began to notice a strange presence in the fresh produce aisles, a young woman intently examining the fruit on display, picking out and purchasing the ones with visible rot. New York Times, "How Humanity Gave Itself an Extra Life," 27 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for display

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

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Last Updated

13 May 2021

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“Display.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/display. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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