When you display something, you show everyone. If you run up to someone in the street, throw your arms around her, and plant a big kiss on her face, you're displaying your affection for all the world to see.

Besides public displays of emotion, a display can also be common and lifeless. Department store windows often have elaborate displays of the latest fashions, and your computer screen can also be called a display. If you’re especially proud of your butterfly collection, you can put it on display in your office. When showing off for the ladies, peacocks fan out their colorful tail feathers, and that, too, is called a display — a word for male animal courtship behavior.

Definitions of display
  1. noun
    something intended to communicate a particular impression
    “made a display of strength”
    synonyms: show
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    big stick
    a display of force or power
    gaudery, pomp
    cheap or pretentious or vain display
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    demo, demonstration
    a visual presentation showing how something works
  2. noun
    a visual representation of something
    synonyms: presentation
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    an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
    Snellen chart
    display consisting of a printed card with letters and numbers in lines of decreasing size; used to test visual acuity
    an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
    bullfight, corrida
    a Spanish or Portuguese or Latin American spectacle; a matador baits and (usually) kills a bull in an arena before many spectators
    naumachia, naumachy
    a naval spectacle; a mock sea battle put on by the ancient Romans
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    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  3. noun
    something shown to the public
    synonyms: exhibit, showing
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    a visible display
    light show
    a display of colored lights moving in shifting patterns
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    the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
  4. noun
    exhibiting openly in public view
    “a display of courage”
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    acting out
    (psychiatry) the display of previously inhibited emotions (often in actions rather than words); considered to be healthy and therapeutic
    an impressive display
    screening, showing, viewing
    the display of a motion picture
    anything that is seen
    fanfare, flash, ostentation
    a gaudy outward display
    the act of displaying something ostentatiously
    the act of making something publicly available; presenting news or other information by broadcasting or printing it
    a screening for a select audience in advance of release for the general public
    something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)
    bluster, bravado
    a swaggering show of courage
    extravagant and conspicuous behavior intended to attract attention to yourself
    ostentatious display of elegance
    an ostentatious display (of effort or extravagance etc.)
    an ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning
    putting on display for the first time
    a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television
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    something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
  5. noun
    behavior that makes your feelings public
    “a display of emotion”
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    a deliberate display of emotion for effect
    a display that is exaggerated or unduly complicated
    sackcloth and ashes
    a display of extreme remorse or repentance or grief
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    disclosure, revealing, revelation
    the speech act of making something evident
  6. noun
    an electronic device that represents information in visual form
    synonyms: video display
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    caller ID
    a small display that will show you the telephone number of the party calling you
    alphanumeric display, digital display
    a display that gives the information in the form of characters (numbers or letters)
    board, display board, display panel
    a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view
    FPD, flat panel display
    a type of video display that is thin and flat; commonly used in laptop computers
    monitor, monitoring device
    display produced by a device that takes signals and displays them on a television screen or a computer monitor
    CRT screen, screen
    the display that is electronically created on the surface of the large end of a cathode-ray tube
    VDU, visual display unit
    (British) British term for video display
    (computer science) a rectangular part of a computer screen that contains a display different from the rest of the screen
    background, desktop, screen background
    (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear
    big board
    the large display board at the New York Stock Exchange that reports on stocks traded on the exchange
    computer monitor
    a device that displays signals on a computer screen
    computer display, computer screen
    a screen used to display the output of a computer to the user
    dialog box, panel
    (computer science) a small temporary window in a graphical user interface that appears in order to request information from the user; after the information has been provided the user dismisses the box with `okay' or `cancel'
    (computer science) a window for an active application
    LCD, liquid crystal display
    a digital display that uses liquid crystal cells that change reflectivity in an applied electric field; used for portable computer displays and watches etc.
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    electronic device
    a device that accomplishes its purpose electronically
  7. verb
    show; make visible or apparent
    “National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship”
    synonyms: exhibit, expose
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    display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
    bring forth, produce
    bring out for display
    hold up
    hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration
    exhibit on a bench
    expose one's buttocks to
    flash, flaunt, ostentate, show off, swank
    display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
    exhibit aggressively
    display (clothes) as a mannequin
    model, pose, posture, sit
    assume a posture as for artistic purposes
    gibbet, pillory
    expose to ridicule or public scorn
    turn on
    produce suddenly or automatically
    exhibit the strength of
    be showy or ostentatious
    be rampant
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    make visible or noticeable
  8. verb
    attract attention by displaying some body part or posing; of animals
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    court, romance, solicit, woo
    make amorous advances towards
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