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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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

On a recent visit, chef Nicolas Larrosa pulled several live clams out of a tub of seawater to display them before cooking. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Large parts of the globe have already passed a crucial climate threshold," 11 Sep. 2019 But as 19 men showed the world their worst, we Americans displayed what makes our country great: courage and heroism, compassion and generosity, unity and resolve. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "John McCain: The 9/11 Conspiracy Myths and the Truth Under Attack," 10 Sep. 2019 Some held a photo of a woman, displaying it in a way that her image stared right at Jones. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "In court, grieving family members confronted a former nurse accused of killing five children in San Antonio," 9 Sep. 2019 Crawford also displayed a similar design on the runway for Thierry Mugler in 1990. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kaia Gerber Channels Mom Cindy Crawford's Bondage-Inspired Versace Look from the '90s," 7 Sep. 2019 His latest exhibit, displayed in NAAM’s Northwest Gallery, is no exception. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "See how a Seattle artist is telling the painful story of redlining in his city," 8 Aug. 2019 Last night, at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet, Washington handed out honors to PEN America for their work protecting press freedoms, while also displaying her adventurous personal style in a sequined jumpsuit by Elie Saab. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kerry Washington Takes Disco Style into the 21st Century," 1 Aug. 2019 This young man sports a spectacular sweater that displays gridded architectural motifs in blazing colors; the ground is a modulated gold. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Amy Sherald Effect," 16 Sep. 2019 Burns discovered many enduring, sometimes contrary truisms among the country music community, which displays a more prominent sense of family than other musical genres. Scott Huver, CNN, "Ken Burns on the love and loss of 'Country Music'," 13 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The toilet was on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2016 and was scheduled to be open to the public at Blenheim during a seven-week exhibition from Sept. 12 to Oct. 27. Fox News, "Solid gold toilet worth $1M named 'America' stolen from Winston Churchill's birthplace," 15 Sep. 2019 Cattelan's work has been on display at the palace since Thursday, and the exhibition will remain until Oct. 27. NBC News, "Solid gold toilet worth $1M and titled 'America' stolen from palace where Churchill was born," 14 Sep. 2019 This had proved popular when the toilet was on display at the Guggenheim. CBS News, "$1.25 million toilet stolen from Winston Churchill's birthplace," 14 Sep. 2019 Lupoli also was involved in a 1990 fireworks display accident in Torrington that injured 18 spectators and led to a change in state law regulating fireworks launching tubes and launch charges. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Hamden man with history of manufacturing explosives, fireworks charged with possession of explosives," 13 Sep. 2019 USA TODAY Kent State officials canceled a women's field hockey game Saturday so the school could set up a fireworks display on a nearby field prior to its football team's home contest, much to the chagrin of the two teams. Christopher Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Kent State cancels women's field hockey game for football game fireworks, school apologizes," 11 Sep. 2019 The footage is currently on permanent display at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Remembering 9/11: Watch Today Show’s live broadcast of Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001," 11 Sep. 2019 Not just any painting in the series—the exact one on display at the Art Institute. Teen Vogue, "The First Excerpt of Samira Ahmed's "Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know" Is an Immersive YA Adventure Story in Paris," 10 Sep. 2019 The works of master sculptor Park Eun Sun are on display at the Art of the World gallery in River Oaks now through October 5. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Korean sculptor's works on display at River Oaks gallery," 6 Sep. 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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