The difference between Display and Show

When used as nouns, display means a show or spectacle, whereas show means a play, dance, or other entertainment.

When used as verbs, display means to show conspicuously, whereas show means to display, to have somebody see (something).

check bellow for the other definitions of Display and Show

  1. Display as a noun:

    A show or spectacle.


    "The trapeze artist put on an amazing acrobatic display."

  2. Display as a noun:

    A piece of work to be presented visually.


    "Pupils are expected to produce a wall display about a country of their choice."

  3. Display as a noun (computing):

    An electronic screen that shows graphics or text.

  4. Display as a noun (computing):

    The presentation of information for visual or tactile reception.

  5. Display as a noun (travel, aviation, in a reservation system):

    The asterisk symbol, used to denote that the following information will be displayed, eg, *H will "display history".

  1. Display as a verb (transitive):

    To show conspicuously; to exhibit; to demonstrate; to manifest.

  2. Display as a verb (intransitive):

    To make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration.

  3. Display as a verb (military):

    To extend the front of (a column), bringing it into line.


    "rfquotek Farrow"

  4. Display as a verb (printing, dated):

    To make conspicuous by using large or prominent type.

  5. Display as a verb (obsolete):

    To discover; to descry.

  6. Display as a verb (obsolete):

    To spread out, to unfurl.


    "synonyms: splay"

  1. Show as a verb (transitive):

    To display, to have somebody see (something).


    "The car's dull finish showed years of neglect."

    "All he had to show for four years of attendance at college was a framed piece of paper."

  2. Show as a verb (transitive):

    To bestow; to confer.


    "to show mercy; to show favour; lb dialectal show me the salt please"

  3. Show as a verb (transitive):

    To indicate (a fact) to be true; to demonstrate.

  4. Show as a verb (transitive):

    To guide or escort.


    "Could you please show him on his way. He has overstayed his welcome."

    "They showed us in."

  5. Show as a verb (intransitive):

    To be visible; to be seen; to appear.


    "Your bald patch is starting to show."

    "At length, his gloom showed."

  6. Show as a verb (intransitive, informal):

    To put in an appearance; show up.


    "We waited for an hour, but they never showed."

  7. Show as a verb (intransitive, informal):

    To have an enlarged belly and thus be recognizable as pregnant.

  8. Show as a verb (intransitive, racing):

    To finish third, especially of horses or dogs.


    "In the third race: Aces Up won, paying eight dollars; Blarney Stone placed, paying three dollars; and Cinnamon showed, paying five dollars."

  9. Show as a verb (obsolete):

    To have a certain appearance, such as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear.

  1. Show as a noun (countable):

    A play, dance, or other entertainment.

  2. Show as a noun (countable):

    An exhibition of items.


    "art show; dog show'"

  3. Show as a noun (countable):

    A demonstration.


    "'show of force"

  4. Show as a noun (countable):

    A broadcast program/programme.


    "radio show; television show'"

  5. Show as a noun (countable):

    A movie.


    "Let's catch a show."

  6. Show as a noun:

    A project or presentation.


    "Let's get on with the show. Let's get this show on the road. They went on an international road show to sell the shares to investors. It was Apple's usual dog and pony show."

  7. Show as a noun (uncountable):

    Mere display or pomp with no substance. (Usually seen in the phrases "all show" and "for show".)


    "The dog sounds ferocious but it's all show."

  8. Show as a noun:

    Outward appearance; wileful or deceptive appearance.

  9. Show as a noun (baseball, with "the"):

    The major leagues.


    "He played AA ball for years, but never made it to the show."

  10. Show as a noun (mining, obsolete):

    A pale blue flame at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of firedamp.


    "rfquotek Raymond"

  11. Show as a noun (archaic):


  12. Show as a noun (archaic):

    Sign, token, or indication.

  13. Show as a noun (obsolete):

    Semblance; likeness; appearance.

  14. Show as a noun (obsolete):


  15. Show as a noun (medicine):

    A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occurring a short time before labor.