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 Here's the bottom line: Some people might think that sharing content from a white supremacist hate site at least nine times displays the type of judgment needed to be a Democrat in Congress. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Attack ad gives ex-spy Valerie Plame swastika eyes and calls her a 'disgraced, racist millionaire'," 20 May 2020 Out front, a chalkboard displayed the day’s menu, and back in the kitchen, a chef wearing a mask and gloves had just made the pappardelle and fettuccine. Washington Post, "Rome’s restaurants reopen. Will diners return? Or just delivery riders?," 20 May 2020 The developer, Rebekah Jones, created the dashboard, which visually displays Covid-19 case and death data obtained by epidemiological staff at the Florida Department of Health. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Florida Health Department Worker Ousted After Warnings Over Covid-19 Data," 20 May 2020 Burberry, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Loro Piana have all lost their plywood, with some displaying signs advertising curbside pickup and home delivery. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "SF economy taking baby steps, but don’t expect full recovery until 2023 or 2024, top economist says," 20 May 2020 To emphasize the point, Cuomo gave a shout out to his favorite team, the Buffalo Bills, while displaying a slide showing the team's logo. CBS News, "New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urges pro sports teams to resume play without fans," 18 May 2020 Overhead, a massive screen displayed the latest COVID-19 data for the county and the state. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "Metro Health director came to San Antonio just ahead of the coronavirus," 16 May 2020 Each bucktail and streamer in the book is beautifully tied and photographed; displayed with a short description from the author and quotations from classic outdoor writers recalling the stripes these patterns have earned. Mike Valla, Field & Stream, "8 Vintage Streamer Patterns for Trout and Salmon," 14 May 2020 But in recent years, Witherspoon made a switch to the small screen — displaying a knack for portraying complicated female characters in dramatic prestige programs. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Reese Witherspoon Will Star In and Produce Two Romantic Comedies for Netflix," 13 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Offered in sizes starting at 8x12 inches, the canvas comes ready-to-display with hanging hardware included. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Dress Up Your Walls with Our Favorite Black-and-White Art Under $40," 18 May 2020 The president's disdain is on display constantly, far more so than for past presidents. Dan Balz, Anchorage Daily News, "Crisis exposes how America has hollowed out its government," 17 May 2020 The depth of those passions was on display on Sunday, when a 24-year-old Italian aid worker, Silvia Romano, who was held hostage in Africa for 18 months, stepped off a plane wearing a green Muslim jilbab. Chiara Remondini, Bloomberg.com, "Illegal Immigrants Asked to Save Italian Harvest," 15 May 2020 One benefit of the pandemic workplace, where our personal lives are often on display, is that opportunities for forming these bonds have increased dramatically. Will Johnson, Washington Post, "Parenting through a pandemic: What a CEO has learned while working from home," 15 May 2020 The Saturday ceremony was brought to a halt when a racial slur and swastika appeared while a student was giving a blessing and pictures of students were on display, CNN affiliate KFOR reported. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "A virtual graduation at Oklahoma City University was hacked with racist attacks," 10 May 2020 Jaylen Clark School: Etiwanda Class: 2020 Position: Small forward College: UCLA Noteworthy: The 6-foot-5 wing put his power on display with two fierce dunks in the Eagles’ 65-61 Open Division CIF regional semifinal win over Mater Dei. Usa Today High School Sports, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY High School Sports Awards: Los Angeles boys basketball nominees," 23 Apr. 2020 Ionescu’s competitive rage is right out front, on display with all those triple doubles. oregonlive, "Canzano: Sabrina Ionescu and Nike make it official -- look out world, it’s on," 18 Apr. 2020 Some of that is already on display with a rise in domestic violence calls amid statewide lockdowns. NBC News, "Even after 'flattening the curve,' Americans face a long road back to pre-coronavirus normalcy," 18 Apr. 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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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

24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Display.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/display. Accessed 29 May. 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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