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



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

Other Words from exhibit


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

Choose the Right Synonym for exhibit


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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Typically packed with electronics and solar cells containing heavy metals and exotic compounds, satellites also exhibit even more chemical diversity than rockets, to researchers’ chagrin. Leonard David, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 Trump, however, did exhibit a sunny countenance throughout. New York Times, 28 July 2022 Both Goldsmith and Wilde exhibit the corporate tendency to stay frustratingly on message. Wired, 28 July 2022 In the Garden Exhibition: Nine Detroit women will exhibit and sell their artwork at this community event on three vacant lots that’s been transformed into a garden named Griffin Gardens. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 2022 Supervisors must regularly exhibit behavior that demonstrates the trust and support of their staff. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 10 July 2022 Not all cats exhibit the same effects from catnip, with about 20 percent not being attracted to the plant, according to Petmate. Caitlin Mclean, USA TODAY, 5 July 2022 On average, Asian Americans exhibit some shopping habits that differ from those of other consumers, NielsenIQ found. Hannah Miao, NBC News, 7 June 2022 Artists will exhibit a range of works from contemporary to traditional, including kinetic artworks and sculptures to puppetry and paintings. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An exhibit with photos documenting Summer Celebration’s five-decade history. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 7 July 2022 The exhibit will feature the work of Dustin Grella, Christopher Hoot, Liz Maugans and Mark Soppeland. cleveland, 3 June 2022 Blending transportation, industry, landscape and identity, the exhibit will feature large-scale installations, prints, and sculptures by Latinx and Indigenous artists including Caro Romero, Douglas Miles, Margarita Cabrera and Liz Cohen. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2022 The exhibit will feature historic wardrobe pieces, photography, instruments, and interactive sets. Grace Ann Natanawan, SPIN, 24 Mar. 2022 The exhibit will feature contemporary still lifes alongside artwork and information about 19th and early 20th century Rockville artist, Charles Ethan Porter. courant.com, 25 Feb. 2022 The exhibit will feature approximately 50 costumes and accessories from the adaptations drawn from the British costumer house Cosprop Ltd. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2022 The full exhibit debuted at NorthPark Center in Dallas in 2021. al, 15 Feb. 2022 The exhibit will feature Black aviation community members and their achievements. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exhibit


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


1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exhibit


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

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More Definitions for exhibit


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.



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


transitive verb

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



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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