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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from exhibit


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

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 There have been no positive tests or players to exhibit symptoms, the team said. Dallas News, "As coronavirus cases spike in Arizona, the Rangers have temporarily suspended workouts in Surprise," 20 June 2020 The report recommended testing specific groups, such as student-athletes, and providing immediate testing for students and employees who exhibit symptoms. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "Small classes, masks, lots of sanitizer — UTSA panel proposes coronavirus safeguards," 19 June 2020 The Carnegie Galleries exhibit local and regional artworks throughout the year free of charge. Charles Infosino, Cincinnati.com, "Strapped for cash? Check out these free family-friendly venues in Cincinnati," 16 June 2020 Faith pointed to a recent perspective shared in Obesity explaining that Covid-19 lockdowns exhibit the same established characteristics underlying predictable summer increases in childhood obesity. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Sedentary lockdowns put kids at risk for obesity. Here's how to help them stay moving," 12 June 2020 The company plans to exhibit the gear while telling the stories of its heroic operators. Ben Finley, BostonGlobe.com, "US challenges planned expedition to retrieve Titanic’s radio," 9 June 2020 There are also asymptomatic people who never exhibit symptoms of the disease; the isolation period decreases their chances of passing the virus onto others who could get sick. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "How the world agreed on a 14-day coronavirus quarantine—and the (risky) ways to shorten it," 8 June 2020 The second: adaptation, a trait that corals found in Palau’s warm lagoons seem to exhibit. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Scientists are trying to save coral reefs. Here's what's working.," 4 June 2020 The seclusion of someone who does not exhibit outward symptoms, but may have come into contact with an infected person, until the virus’s incubation period has passed. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "The WIRED Coronavirus Glossary," 2 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In one exhibit, 3-year-old Marian ran up to her mother, bunny mask around her neck instead of over her mouth and nose. Lydia Gerike, The Indianapolis Star, "Children's Museum of Indianapolis opened to donors Wednesday. Here's what changed.," 24 June 2020 For him, this exhibit was about giving people an opportunity to see themselves as part of the larger community. Lauren Smart, Dallas News, "Artist’s 96-hour pop-up show takes on new meaning amid Black Lives Matter protests," 23 June 2020 Realm of the Eels, the new exhibit that opened just ten days before the temporary shutdowns. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "The Newport Aquarium reopens Monday. Here's what to expect," 22 June 2020 The exhibit will remain with the center until January 2021. Nicole Ludden, azcentral, "Arizona Science Center is reopening in downtown Phoenix. Here's what to expect if you go," 20 June 2020 Artist Guadalupe Rosales stands inside her exhibit at the Vincent Price Art Museum in in 2018. Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles artists probe grief and violence in video art show from Guadalupe Rosales," 19 June 2020 Much of that police evidence was included in the museum exhibit. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Sister of Nicole Brown Simpson on release date of Ford Bronco: 'Are you kidding me?'," 18 June 2020 The exhibit, submarine tours and store are the only things opening June 20. oregonlive, "Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to partially reopen June 20 with science exhibit, submarine tours," 17 June 2020 One piece of art from each state and territory will be included in a White House exhibit scheduled to open in August. Time, "First Lady Melania Trump Announces National Youth Art Project on Women's Suffrage," 15 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'exhibit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about exhibit

Time Traveler for exhibit

Time Traveler

The first known use of exhibit was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for exhibit

Last Updated

28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exhibit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhibit. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for exhibit


How to pronounce exhibit (audio)

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)



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


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

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on exhibit

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for exhibit

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with exhibit

Spanish Central: Translation of exhibit

Nglish: Translation of exhibit for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of exhibit for Arabic Speakers

Comments on exhibit

What made you want to look up exhibit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!