- 1 [transitive] display something (to somebody) to put something in a place where people can see it easily; to show something to people synonym exhibit The exhibition gives local artists an opportunity to display their work. She displayed her bruises for all to see.
- 2 [transitive] display something to show signs of something, especially a quality or feeling I have rarely seen her display any sign of emotion. These statistics display a definite trend.
- 3 [transitive] display something (of a computer, etc.) to show information The screen will display the username in the top right-hand corner. This column displays the title of the mail message.
- 4[intransitive] (specialist) (of male birds and animals) to show a special pattern of behaviour that is intended to attract a female bird or animal Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘unfurl, unfold’): from Old French despleier, from Latin displicare
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BrE BrE//dɪˈspleɪ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspleɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they display
BrE BrE//dɪˈspleɪ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspleɪ//he / she / it displays
BrE BrE//dɪˈspleɪz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspleɪz//past simple displayed
BrE BrE//dɪˈspleɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspleɪd//past participle displayed
BrE BrE//dɪˈspleɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspleɪd//-ing form displaying
BrE BrE//dɪˈspleɪɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspleɪɪŋ//