Synonyms of display

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1 a public showing of objects of interest
  • a display of paintings by masters of French Impressionism

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2 an outward and often exaggerated indication of something abstract (as a feeling) for effect
  • a display of sympathy that was totally phony

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Synonyms & Antonyms of display (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to present so as to invite notice or attention
  • display the best items at the front of the showcase

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2 to make known (something abstract) through outward signs
  • an actress who can display a great range of emotion

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How is the word display different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of display are exhibit, expose, flaunt, parade, and show. While all these words mean "to present so as to invite notice or attention," display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage.

display sale items

When is exhibit a more appropriate choice than display?

While the synonyms exhibit and display are close in meaning, exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly.

exhibit paintings at a gallery

Where would expose be a reasonable alternative to display?

The synonyms expose and display are sometimes interchangeable, but expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying.

sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers

When is it sensible to use flaunt instead of display?

Although the words flaunt and display have much in common, flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading.

nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

When could parade be used to replace display?

The meanings of parade and display largely overlap; however, parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying.

parading their piety for all to see

When would show be a good substitute for display?

In some situations, the words show and display are roughly equivalent. However, show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine.

showed her snapshots to the whole group

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

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“Display.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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