display

verb
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

display

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

Verb

displayable \ di-​ˈsplā-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce display (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

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 On Saturday, California became the first state to say large department stores must display products like toys in gender-neutral ways. NBC News, 11 Oct. 2021 Leaf peeping, the practice of traveling to watch nature display its fall colors, is a beloved annual activity in many corners of the country, especially New England and New York. Patrick Whittle, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 Leaf peeping, the practice of traveling to watch nature display its fall colors, is a beloved annual activity in many corners of the country, especially New England and New York. Patrick Whittle, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Sep. 2021 Leaf peeping, the practice of traveling to watch nature display its fall colors, is a beloved annual activity in many corners of the country, especially New England and New York. Patrick Whittle, chicagotribune.com, 30 Sep. 2021 The minimalist, flat-roofed core of the villa incorporates mature trees and display space for statuary in its blocky design. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 In another decision last October that relaxed the terms of Mr. Hinckley’s release, Judge Friedman said Mr. Hinckley could publicly display his writings, painting, photographs and other artwork. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 In another decision last October that relaxed the terms of Hinckley’s release, Friedman said Hinckley could publicly display his writings, painting, photographs, and other artwork. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Sep. 2021 Per Android Police, Google said that the app will automatically display the prices of tolls on roads, bridges, and other obstacles on your route that require payment. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ohtani’s main competition for AL MVP honors, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., didn’t have the opportunity to put his ridiculous talent on display on baseball’s biggest stage, either. Jared Diamond, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Now, her books sit amid an unabashed display of anything and everything Halloween. oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2021 David Wells, 24, of the 1300 block of Dory Circle, Hanover Park, was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis by a driver and improper display of registration, at 8:05 p.m. Oct. 5. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, 15 Oct. 2021 The display of might occurred a day after the North marked the 76th anniversary of its ruling Workers Party. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Oct. 2021 The display of might occurred a day after the North marked the 76th anniversary of its ruling Workers Party. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Most artifacts have never left Peru, and many have never been on public display. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Oct. 2021 While China’s recent military exercises have raised tensions, defense analysts have noted that the jets had stopped short of Taiwan’s airspace and the display of strength may instead primarily be a way for China to boost nationalism at home. Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2021 The landlady smiles at this reluctant display of personal growth and gets back to pouring pints. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of display

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

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

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“Display.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/display. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for display

display

verb

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.)

display

noun

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.

display

verb
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.

display

noun

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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