[ dih-spley ]
/ dɪˈspleɪ /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
(of animals) to engage in a stereotyped behavior that conveys information to individuals of the same or another species.
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Origin of display

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English desplayen, displayen, from Anglo-French, Old French despleier, desplier, desploier, from Late Latin displicāre “to unfold”; see origin at dis-1, -fold

synonym study for display

1, 2. Display, evince, exhibit, manifest mean to show or bring to the attention of another or others. To display is literally to spread something out so that it may be most completely and favorably seen: to display goods for sale. To exhibit is to display something in a show: to exhibit the best flowers. They may both be used for showing (off) one's qualities or feelings: He displayed his wit. He exhibited great surprise. To evince and to manifest also mean to show feelings or qualities: to evince or manifest surprise, interest.


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What does display mean?

To display is to make visible or show to others, as in Francis’s teacher displayed his homework on the “Good Job!” board.

A display is an arrangement or showing, as in The art display included paintings and sketches by the famous artist.

To display can also mean to reveal or betray, as when you display your feelings with the look on your face.

Less commonly, to display means to unfold or spread out, the way a sail does in the wind.

Example: We bought the display model so we ended up saving a few dollars.

Where does display come from?

The first records of the term display come from the 1300s. It comes from the Late Latin displicāre, meaning “to unfold.” When something is unfolded, the inside of it is put on display.

In digital technology, the term display refers to a screen that shows the image produced by the machine. For example, smartphones, vehicles, and handheld cameras all have an internal display that displays images. This means the screen is built into the device. Devices like desktop computers, cable boxes, and gaming systems all rely on an external display such as a television or monitor to display their visuals.

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What are some other forms related to display?

  • displayer (noun)
  • predisplay (noun, verb)
  • redisplay (verb)
  • self-display (noun)

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How is display used in real life?

Display is a common word with several meanings.


Try using display!

Which of the following is NOT a synonym for display?

A. exhibit
B. demonstration
C. concealment
D. presentation


What are other ways to say display?

A display is an exhibition or, sometimes, an ostentatious show. When should you use display instead of show, ostentation, or pomp? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for display

/ (dɪˈspleɪ) /


Derived forms of display

displayer, noun

Word Origin for display

C14: from Anglo-French despleier to unfold, from Late Latin displicāre to scatter, from dis- 1 + plicāre to fold
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