Definition of display in English:


Line breaks: dis|play
Pronunciation: /dɪˈspleɪ


[with object]
  • 1Put (something) in a prominent place in order that it may readily be seen: the palace used to display a series of tapestries a notice was displayed in the booking office
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    • Isn't Marx making a deliberately exaggerated statement of his own position in order to display its novelty?
    • The cameras were displayed in the chronological order of technological evolution.
    • Chopin's Preludes return independence to the hands in order to display a new kind of allusive dialogue between them.
    exhibit, show, put on show, put on view, expose to view, present, unveil, set forth; arrange, dispose, array, lay out, set out
  • 1.1Show (data or an image) on a computer, television, or other screen: pressing the F1 key will display a help screen
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    • By controlling where and when that field is applied, the screen can display an image.
    • It is not limited to dedicated handheld devices but can be displayed on any computer screen.
    • But, when the image is displayed on a wide screen set, the bars are lost and the bottoms of the subtitle text can be slightly cut off.
  • 1.2Give a clear demonstration of (a quality, emotion, or skill): both players displayed a great deal of spirit
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    • Of course some rule changes over the years have taken away the ability of players to display the skill of fielding.
    • It will be good for the game to see a talented player like Mattie Forde display his skills in Croke Park before a large crowd.
    • It is about those players displaying the skill and commitment to come up with a winning strategy, for the sake of the greater good.
    show off, parade, flaunt, flourish, reveal; publicize, make public, make known, give publicity to, call attention to, draw attention to
    informal flash, push, plug, hype, boost
    manifest, show evidence of, evince, betray, give away, reveal, disclose; demonstrate, show
  • 1.3 [no object] (Of a male bird, reptile, or fish) engage in a specialized pattern of behaviour that is intended to attract a mate: she photographed the peacock, which chose that moment to display
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    • We will go to where the male birds display or lekk and count the ones there.
    • Startled females may also lose the opportunity to mate with more intensely displaying, preferred males.
    • My earliest diary records watching great spotted woodpeckers displaying.


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  • 1A performance, show, or event staged for public entertainment: a display of fireworks [as modifier]: an aerobatic display team
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    • In addition to performances and displays, the event also showed off achievements and contributions worldwide.
    • The day will finish with one of the most spectacular firework displays Britain has ever staged.
    • There are, of course, professional companies which stage firework displays and take every precaution to see that the most rigorous safety measures apply.
  • 1.1A collection of objects arranged for public viewing: the museum houses an informative display of rocks [mass noun]: the latest in computer gadgetry was on display
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    • Some of his collection are now on display at his house, whose architectural inspiration was a mud mosque in Timbuktu.
    • Created by Mark Rode the piece will be included in a civic collection on display in King House, Boyle.
    • On display at the Butterfly House are Emperors or Blue Morphos.
  • 1.2A clear demonstration of an emotion, skill, or quality: a hint of malice underlay his display of concern
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    • Some novelists trumpet their skill with showy displays; others demonstrate their expertise with quiet precision.
    • The breathtaking display of skill and derring-do by the cadets of the National Cadet Corps on Sunday left one dumbfounded.
    • With snow not normally found at this time of year, even in the nearby Peak District, the demonstrators took to trampolines to give a display of their skills.
    manifestation, expression, show, showing, indication, evidence, betrayal, revelation, disclosure
  • 1.3 [mass noun] The conspicuous exhibition of one’s wealth; ostentation: every clansman was determined to outdo the Campbells in display
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    • They are now seen more simply as part of a general trend to ostentatious display of personal wealth, introduced at that time from central Europe.
    • The conspicuous display of obscene wealth is not a creation of Forbes or the Tatler, but goes back to the Pyramids and beyond.
    • The ostentatious display of ill-gotten wealth only added to Adam's carefully masked anger.
  • 1.4A specialized pattern of behaviour by the males of certain species of birds, reptiles, and fish that is intended to attract a mate: the teal were indulging in delightful courtship displays
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    • Males perform aerial displays to attract mates and deter intruders.
    • Satin bowerbird courtship involves behavioral displays by males, which may be both beneficial and costly for females, and may favor female signaling.
    • Courtship involves aerial displays in some species; in many others it may only involve ritualized feeding in which the male brings food to the female.
  • 1.5 [mass noun] Printing The arrangement and choice of type in a style intended to attract attention.
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    • Incidentally, if you click on the analyzer, it switches through a number of different display styles.
    • Yet most appraisals of type technology and histories of proprietary typefounding still favor type for text instead of eye-catching display.
  • 2An electronic device for the visual presentation of data or images: the colour display now costs £400
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    • Combined finger touch and stylus detection system for use on the viewing surface of a visual display device
    • Unlike other systems, the device is not an overlay on the plasma display causing image degradation.
    • The insulator structure may also enhance the focus of electrons emitted by the field emitter device on the display screen.
  • 2.1 [mass noun] The process or facility of presenting data on a computer screen or other device: the processing and display of high volumes of information
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    • It's unavoidable that printing involves certain complications that are not present for screen display.
    • Image acquisition, storage, display and processing, and image transfer represent the basis of telemedicine.
    • While the resolution is not good enough for printing, it's fine for a computer program and screen display.
  • 2.2The data or images shown on a computer screen or other device: the user may wish to see the previous few words as handwriting before the display changes
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    • The only signals required to be sent to the host were those necessary for us to see an exact image of the display on the remote computer.
    • And after the computer resizes the display, I ask her if it looks ok and whether she can read it.
    • An easy to read backlit LCD display shows folder, recording time and battery power remaining.



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  • The dichotomy between male and female-male as arbiter of reason and female as displayer of passion-makes me uncomfortable.
  • If at all possible, get permission to enter the preparation room to see what experienced displayers do before the judging begins.
  • One displayer (stuck in a box seat on the side) even had a clever sign stuck on the wall behind him saying: ‘Welcome to Tokyo’ in order to illustrate various things such as remote assistance, Instant Messenger and more.


Middle English (in the sense 'unfurl, unfold'): from Old French despleier, from Latin displicare 'scatter, disperse' (in medieval Latin 'unfold'). Compare with deploy.

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