exhibit

verb
ex·​hib·​it | \ ig-ˈzi-bət How to pronounce exhibit (audio) \
exhibited; exhibiting; exhibits

Definition of exhibit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to submit (something, such as a document) to a court or officer in course of proceedings also : to present or offer officially or in legal form
2 : to present to view: such as
a : to show or display outwardly especially by visible signs or actions exhibited no fear
b : to have as a readily discernible quality or feature in all cultures we know, men exhibit an aesthetic sense— H. J. Muller
c : to show publicly especially for purposes of competition or demonstration exhibit a collection of artifacts

intransitive verb

: to display something for public inspection

exhibit

noun

Definition of exhibit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a document or material object produced and identified in court or before an examiner for use as evidence
2 : something exhibited
3 : an act or instance of exhibiting : exhibition

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Other Words from exhibit

Verb

exhibitive \ ig-​ˈzi-​bə-​tiv How to pronounce exhibitive (audio) \ adjective
exhibitor \ ig-​ˈzi-​bə-​tər How to pronounce exhibitor (audio) \ noun
exhibitory \ ig-​ˈzi-​bə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce exhibitory (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine. showed her snapshots to the whole group exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly. exhibit paintings at a gallery display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage. display sale items expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying. sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying. parading their piety for all to see flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading. nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

Examples of exhibit in a Sentence

Verb

They will be exhibiting a collection of paintings. He proudly exhibited his trophy. He first exhibited an interest in music when he was very young. The patient exhibited signs of the disease.

Noun

The show includes dozens of interesting exhibits. Have you seen the new photography exhibit? introduced the weapons into evidence as exhibits A and B
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Af Klint, feeling that people weren’t ready for this kind of work, left instructions that they not be exhibited for at least 20 years after her death in 1944. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Abstract Painter Hilma af Klint Inspires a Collaborative Capsule Collection for the Guggenheim Museum Store," 13 Oct. 2018 But the museum hasn’t recently exhibited American brutalism, or the Metabolist megastructures of Japan, both of which have more news value and more worldwide influence. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Concrete utopia," 12 July 2018 O'Rourke de Grinspan, who has not exhibited in this area before, works in acrylic and watercolor paints as well as photography. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 21 May 2018 Through his five innings on Wednesday night, Patrick Corbin did not exhibit good command. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Patrick Corbin muddles through outing as Diamondbacks fall to Dodgers," 10 May 2018 All artworks and products exhibited were available for the public to purchase, which organizers hope will also help to encourage young designers. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018 But since Noor exhibited no signs of a major mental illness, chemical dependency or personality disorder in a separate a clinical evaluation, a psychiatrist cleared Noor to work, the filing said. Fox News, "Records: Cop accused in Australian's death can't take stress," 6 Sep. 2018 Externally, the CL2s keep RHA’s familiar look, exhibiting no outward signs of the new technology inside. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "RHA announces in-ear planar magnetic earphones with wireless option," 23 Aug. 2018 To keep them from seizing, convulsing, or exhibiting any other outward signs of the adverse effects of the drugs that were actually killing them. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Untested Drugs at the Heart of Nevada's Execution Controversy," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The exhibit opens on July 20, and will run through September 29 of this year as part of the Palace's opening of the State Rooms. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Buckingham Palace Is Opening a New Exhibit About Queen Victoria This Summer," 7 Apr. 2019 Last season, the Irving Penn exhibit at the Grand Palais was fun to walk through—Grace Coddington and Phyllis Posnick had worked on many of the amazing images. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Do Paris Like a 'Vogue' Editor," 19 Sep. 2018 Madsen's exhibit isn't overtly political, and provides useful information for people on both sides of the border debate. Andrew Welsh-huggins, Fox News, "Exhibit showcases images of Mexico border walls, fences," 19 Sep. 2018 The exhibit features two artists’ different approaches to how mobility, of both ideas and objects, travel throughout generations. Michael Livingston, latimes.com, "Gallery exhibit at Glendale library explores themes of mobility," 6 July 2018 Inside, the exhibit features 115 species sharing 784,000 gallons of water. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharkitecture!," 28 June 2018 Lisa Anne Auerbach/Gavlak, Los Angeles, Palm Beach Museums around town are showing support by holding cocktail events for VIPs and walk-throughs of their new exhibits, some of which just opened. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "‘We Just Need to Create a Moment’: Art Market Looks to L.A.," 12 Feb. 2019 Improbably gifted, richly supported by family money, Johnson mounted architecture and design exhibits at MOMA and donated thousands of artworks to the museum. Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019 Despite the weather causing a delay in the night’s programming, by 10:00 p.m., a joyful cacophony filled the room with celebrities, art worlders, and creatives alike discussing the exhibit, Art Basel plans, and David Hockney’s record-breaking sale. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Karlie Kloss, Gwyneth Paltrow, and More Brave the Snow to Attend the 2018 Guggenheim International Gala," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of exhibit

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exhibit

Verb

Middle English, from Latin exhibitus, past participle of exhibēre, from ex- + habēre to have, hold — more at give

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exhibit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of exhibit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (a painting, sculpture, etc.) available for people to see
somewhat formal : to show or reveal (something)

exhibit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exhibit (Entry 2 of 2)

: an object or a collection of objects that have been put out in a public space for people to look at : something shown in an exhibition
chiefly US : a
: an object that is used as evidence in a court of law

exhibit

verb
ex·​hib·​it | \ ig-ˈzi-bət How to pronounce exhibit (audio) \
exhibited; exhibiting

Kids Definition of exhibit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to show by outward signs : reveal The child exhibited interest in music.
2 : to put on display I'm exhibiting my art.

exhibit

noun

Kids Definition of exhibit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an article or collection shown in an exhibition a museum exhibit
2 : an object or document presented as evidence in a court of law

exhibit

transitive verb
ex·​hib·​it

Legal Definition of exhibit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to submit (as a document) to a court or officer in the course of proceedings also : to present or offer officially or in legal form
2 : to present to view or display outwardly

Other Words from exhibit

exhibitor noun

exhibit

noun

Legal Definition of exhibit (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a document or object produced and identified in court as evidence
b : a document labeled with an identifying mark (as a number or letter) and appended to a writing (as a brief) to which it is relevant
2 : something exhibited
3 : an act or instance of exhibiting

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