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

Not everyone was convinced that the data displayed in the Tableau were reliable enough to support those conclusions. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 2019 Damage to Property: Olmsted Township Thursday Sept. 5, a woman told police that someone had made scratches on a Star of David displayed on her house. Joseph Clark, cleveland.com, "Jewish religious display found damaged: Olmsted Township Police Blotter," 7 Sep. 2019 His dissent includes redacted data suggesting that behavioral ads improperly displayed on videos viewed by kids should have resulted in a fine in the billions of dollars. Washington Post, "Google to pay $170 million to settle charges it violated kids’ privacy law on YouTube," 6 Sep. 2019 Defense Attorney Charlie Rittgers said the texts displayed in court were taken out of context. Keith Bierygolick, USA TODAY, "Cheerleader accused of killing newborn, burying her in backyard after prom begins murder trial," 5 Sep. 2019 Winners of the competition will have their artworks displayed in the state’s Capitol as well as Friedman’s district offices, according to competition organizers. Mark Kellam, Glendale News-Press, "Assembly District photo contest opens to local shutterbugs," 5 Sep. 2019 After finding a dead girl's body in a nearby canal, Barrera collected and displayed the toys in the hopes of warding off evil spirits. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 At the entry, guests are greeted by a selection of Soefer’s own photographs, displayed in white frames. Alia Akkam, House Beautiful, "You Need to See How a Sad 1920s House Was Restored to a Colorful, Pattern-Filled Home," 29 Aug. 2019 There is nothing that compares to the energy and enthusiasm these girls display on a daily basis. oregonlive.com, "How to combat high drama in high school fall sports tryouts," 27 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Guests can grab an umbrella and pretend they’re one of the beloved crew by visiting the original fountain from the opening credits — on display to the public for the first time — and hanging out on the set of Central Perk. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "You Can Now Take a Thanksgiving-themed Friends Tour — Complete with Turkey Dinner!," 12 Sep. 2019 While the instruments won’t be on display for the music festival’s annual fall concert in Anchorage, the high quality of musicianship will be. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "These musical instruments are tough enough for travel in rural Alaska," 12 Sep. 2019 Jemison and Cyrus display photocopies of African-American periodicals published between 1915 and 1922. BostonGlobe.com, "“A book is a sequence of spaces.," 12 Sep. 2019 Tottenham remain interested in Kosovan striker Vedat Muriqi after the striker topped off an all-round impressive display against England with a goal from the penalty spot in their Euro 2020 qualifying match. SI.com, "Tottenham Step Up Vedat Muriqi Interest After Scouts Attend Fine Display in England Defeat," 12 Sep. 2019 The company quietly killed off its Series 4 model on Tuesday to further differentiate between the lower-end model and the Series 5, which touts a faster processor and an always-on display that still promises 18 hours of battery life. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "The Apple Watch's secret weapon is its new price," 12 Sep. 2019 This display was seen as Maduro flexing his military muscle in response to Guaidó, who urged soldiers to abandon Maduro and join the opposition’s movement to start fresh with new presidential elections. Washington Post, "Venezuela starts military exercises along Colombia border," 11 Sep. 2019 Hinch came from the dugout to mercifully end this uninspiring display. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros struggle against A's for second straight night," 11 Sep. 2019 That’s where a sculpture made from 2,200 cans of chili and pinto beans and designed and built by five students from the school’s College of Architecture will be on display through Saturday. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Annual Canstruction at North Star Mall fights hunger, delights with design," 11 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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