Definition of display verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    display

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    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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
  5. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘unfurl, unfold’): from Old French despleier, from Latin displicare ‘scatter, disperse’ (in medieval Latin ‘unfold’). Compare with deploy.Extra examples A group of artists will be displaying their skills to the students. A notice will be displayed in the hotel lobby. He displayed remarkable courage. His football trophies were prominently displayed in the kitchen. She proudly displayed her certificate to her parents. displaying a lack of understanding displaying the symptoms of nervous exhaustion traders displaying their wares in the street market ways of displaying information on screen Every so often he would display a vein of sharp humour. He dearly loved to display his knowledge.
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