exhibit

verb
ex·​hib·​it | \ig-ˈzi-bət \
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 \ adjective
exhibitor \ig-​ˈzi-​bə-​tər \ noun
exhibitory \ig-​ˈzi-​bə-​ˌtȯr-​ē \ 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

In our Lab's test, this GH Seal star exhibited excellent pickup of oatmeal, baking soda, orzo pasta, and sand on our bare floor — and its pickup performance on carpet was also good. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Robot Vacuums, According to Cleaning Experts," 21 Nov. 2018 In all his films, Cuarón exhibits a careful attention not just to the narrative aspects of his storytelling but to how that storytelling is shaped by what the camera sees. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Roma, from celebrated director Alfonso Cuarón, is one of the year’s best movies," 20 Nov. 2018 His friend is hanging off of a girl in a black crop top; the two peer at the case exhibiting strains like Death Star x Cherry Pie and Love Triangle. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Weed and luxury in Las Vegas," 15 Nov. 2018 Her Lisbeth exhibits little in the way of personality beyond a dour demeanor and flattened line deliveries. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’: Lisbeth Salander gets trapped in a conventional spy thriller," 6 Nov. 2018 For one last reason to consider turbulence an unsolved problem, turbulent flows exhibit a wide range of interesting behavior in time and space. Lee Phillips, Ars Technica, "Turbulence, the oldest unsolved problem in physics," 10 Oct. 2018 Under its umbrella, POP also has dedicated film events (Film POP), exhibits (Art POP), family-friendly activities (Kids POP), and a wide range of panel talks and discussions (POP Symposium). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Montreal in September 2018," 10 Sep. 2018 Earlier this week, ten passengers reportedly exhibited flu-like symptoms on an Emirates flight that landed in New York from Dubai. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "2 American Airlines planes land at Philadelphia International Airport carrying multiple passengers experiencing 'flu-like symptoms'," 6 Sep. 2018 The items which aren’t used or displayed in their own homes are often exhibited in the Royal Collection—the Royal Family’s museum of treasures—which was founded in 1660 and is open to the public. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "From Crocodiles to Hot Sauce, Here's How the Royal Family Does Gift Giving," 14 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its exhibits were created by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, a firm that has set standards for museological language, translating abstract ideas into personal experience. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "Stations of a Soldier’s Life," 24 Oct. 2018 On October 9, the Times reported that the Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed the theme for next year's gala and its subsequent exhibit. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Is the Co-Chair of the Met Gala," 9 Oct. 2018 The museum building had no sprinkler system, which put the building and all of its exhibits at risk of fire. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Millions of Priceless Artifacts Destroyed in Disastrous Museum Fire," 5 Sep. 2018 Meet visual art virtuosos Cedric Cox, David Laug, Sara Pearce, Tom Towhey and Nicole Trimble and their exhibit expanding upon Musikart, a visual art collaboration with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati events: Fun and free events this weekend," 12 July 2018 Also be sure to check out our slideshow of our historical photo exhibit from the Frazier last year, and Scott Utterback’s collection of public art photos on large monitors at our booth. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "The Courier Journal has exclusive sets, giveaways & more at Forecastle," 11 July 2018 However, the library’s gallery rarely gives an artist their own exhibit, so a second artist had to be found. Michael Livingston, latimes.com, "Gallery exhibit at Glendale library explores themes of mobility," 6 July 2018 After much excitement after the Zoo closed its panda exhibit to the public on June 24, caretakers have now confirmed that Mei Xiang will not be delivering a cub this year. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Giant Panda Mei Xiang Will Not Give Birth," 5 July 2018 His sports connections led to his first exhibit through the support of New York Jets owner Sonny Werblin. Washington Post, "Exhibit features Ernie Barnes, football player turned artist," 4 July 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

: 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

: an object that is used as evidence in a court of law

exhibit

verb
ex·​hib·​it | \ig-ˈzi-bət \
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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