From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdisplaydi‧splay1 /dɪˈspleɪ/ ●●● S3 W2 AWL noun [countable] 1 ATTRACTIVE ARRANGEMENTobjectsAVSHOW/LET somebody SEE something an arrangement of things for people to look at or buydisplay of a superb display of African masks a dazzling display (=very good display) of flowers The window display caught her eye. display cases containing old photographs2 PERFORMANCEentertainmentAPSHOW/LET somebody SEE something a public performance of something that is intended to entertain people a fireworks displaydisplay of a display of juggling3 → on display4 → display of affection/emotion/aggression etc5 EQUIPMENTon equipmentTCTD a part of a piece of equipment that shows information, for example a computer screen This time the display flashed a red warning signal.COLLOCATIONSadjectivesa fine/magnificent/spectacular/dazzling display (=a very good one)The museum has a magnificent display of silver.a window display (=in the window of a shop)I stopped to look at something in the window display.a special displayThere was a special display of local photographs.a floral display (=of flowers)The village has won an award for its floral displays.verbscreate a displayShe created an award-winning display at the national garden show.display + NOUNa display case/cabinet (=small cupboard with a glass front)There was a display case full of medals.a display boardSome schools have a display board with photographs of all the staff.a display stand (=table with shelves etc used for showing things to the public)A lot of companies had impressive display stands in the conference hall.
Examples from the Corpusdisplay• a display of Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe• a display of strength• The London dealers have just been through and the carefully arranged display is now a scene of devastation.• The outputs are used to directly drive an l.e.d. display, with the l.e.d.s arranged in series pairs as shown.• The festival of Lucia is a dazzling display of the art, music and dance of an ancient culture.• Excellent displays show how animals and plants are displaced by urban growth and the consequences of pollution.• But luck was replaced by pluck and you won't see a finer display of it than last night.• They held a spectacular firework display to mark the new millennium.• The photographic display called Stolen Glances examines the way in which lesbians have been represented in film, fiction and erotica.• Whether they were intended for public display is in doubt.• Ian never did like public displays of affection.• All 44 patients with chronic type B hepatitis had pre-S1 and pre-S2 display in the liver.• The standard television display, a low-resolution video image, has not changed in 30 years.• The store's window display is the idea of designer David Wolfgang.display cases• They take up every available wall space in the hallway, sandwiched between display cases, squeezed between doorways.• The Edwardian display cases containing apparatus whereby Boyle's Law could be proven beyond all reasonable doubt, veritably twinkled.• For the Texas run, new display cases were built as part of a renegotiated contract.• The men then cleaned out display cases of jewelry and fled.• In two of the cottages he could see glass-fronted rifle display cases.• The same display cases, the same carrot-haired woman behind the cash register.• He ignored both the display cases and the safe which was concealed behind a framed eighteenth-century engraving of the City of London.• The glory of the chapel, however, rests in the contents of the display cases.displaydisplay2 ●●● W2 AWL verb 1 SHOW/LET somebody SEE something[transitive] to show something to people, or put it in a place where people can see it easily shop windows displaying the latest fashions All the exam results will be displayed on the noticeboard.2 SHOW A FEELING OR ATTITUDE[transitive] to clearly show a feeling, attitude, or quality by what you do or say She displayed no emotion on the witness stand. ten piano pieces, each written to display the talents of individual players3 TDTC[transitive] if a computer or something similar displays information, it shows it on its screen I pressed ‘return’ and an error message was displayed.4 [intransitive] if a male bird or animal displays, it behaves in a particular way as a signal to other birds or animals, especially to attract a female→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusdisplay• The Van Gogh Museum will display 135 of his paintings.• That is not the only mode in which it might be displayed.• In one room, late 19th and early 20th century paintings are displayed.• Having already displayed a contempt for civilized society, he or she can not be considered a part of it.• Many pieces of both 14 and 17C metalwork display a distinctive spiky naturalism which is paralleled elsewhere in stone and wood.• The previous government displayed a notable lack of enthusiasm for women's rights.• However, it is clear that he was not displaying a taxi roof sign.• Stallions may show a lack of normal courtship behaviour, raping or savaging mares or displaying an inability to mate.• Early in life, Frederick displayed an interest in poetry.• The licence must be clearly displayed in the car windscreen.• Local train and bus times are displayed in the station.• Laura's friend displayed little emotion in court.• I'm displaying my ignorance here, but could you just tell us exactly what your job as a geologist involves?• Memos of this type are often displayed on notice boards for general information.• The store windows were displaying the latest spring fashions.• Press 'Enter' to display the sorted mailing list.• As each is finished a way of displaying the student work is found.• Many stalls displayed the work of local artists and craftsmen.• The contestants here today have displayed tremendous skill.• One of the robbers displayed what the victims thought was a handgun.From Longman Business Dictionarydisplaydi‧splay1 /dɪˈspleɪ/ noun1[countable, uncountable]MARKETING an attractive arrangement of objects for people to look at or buy, for example in a shopenormous shops with beautiful window displaysthe wide range of goods on display2[uncountable]MARKETING printing or page design to attract people’s attention, used especially in advertisementsbig display adverts with prominent slogans3[countable]COMPUTING the text or pictures you see on a computer screen, or the style, colour, brightness etc of thisthe use of different kinds of devices to control a display on the computer monitorSelect ‘Display’ and a dialogue box will appear with a choice of screen display options.displaydisplay2 verb [transitive]1to arrange objects in an attractive way for people to look at or buy, for example in a shopThe clothes were beautifully displayed.2COMPUTING if a computer displays information, it shows it on its screenIf you try to open a document that is already open, the software will display an error message.→ See Verb tableOrigin display2 (1500-1600) Anglo-French despleier, from Latin displicare “to unfold”