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

This exhibits the same bug-killing properties but has the benefit of being an awful lot cheaper than those two precious metals, making a commercial coating process easier to devise. The Economist, "Making medical clothing that kills bugs," 28 June 2018 With a focus on conservation, education and recreation, Washington Park Zoo exhibits more than 90 species originating from throughout the world. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "Washington Park Zoo celebrates milestone of caring and conserving," 8 June 2018 The other exhibiting artists include Michelle Gregor, Marc Lancet, Mark Messener, Richard Notkin, Monica Van de Dool, and Stan Welsh. Julia Couzens, sacbee, "Power to the people -- through clay," 4 May 2018 But in the scheme of things, getting up close with Stephen Shore photos—nose less than a foot away—and the MoMA's other special exhibits an hour before the museum opens to the general public is well worth the shoe shame. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Get New York’s MoMA All to Yourself," 23 Mar. 2018 Looking ahead, Aspery said the city is open to expanding its annual themed City Hall Art Gallery exhibits. John Benson, cleveland.com, "North Olmsted Arts Commission seeks original artwork for spring City Hall exhibit," 26 Feb. 2018 In 2017, the company operated a booth at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and became the first adult business allowed to exhibit in 19 years. David M. Ewalt, WSJ, "The First Real Boom in Virtual Reality? It’s Pornography.," 11 July 2018 The animals most likely to invade urban environments are, unsurprisingly, the cleverest, and tend to exhibit plucky behavioral traits such as curiosity about new things, boldness and the ability to innovate in unfamiliar situations. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 But the cub isn't out of the woods yet – her 7-year-old mother quickly began exhibiting neglectful behavior, according to the news release, including leaving her unattended toward the outside of her den. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Newborn red panda cub at Sacramento Zoo fighting to survive," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There have been exhibits and installations; commissions from around the world and trips across oceans. Alex Ronan, Vogue, "Meet the Berlin Artist Making a Million Porcelain Dishes Before She Dies," 1 July 2018 In another major exhibit in 1999 and 2000, the Mummers photos of Mr. Mednick and his brother, who had died earlier, were displayed at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, where Inquirer art critic Edward J. Sozanski saw them. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Seymour Mednick, 91, commercial photographer who documented the Mummers," 12 July 2018 Flynn has become an important exhibit for some Trump supporters who argue the former general was mistreated by the FBI as part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to undermine the president. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Michael Flynn is cooperating with Mueller and eager to have case wrap up, court hears," 11 July 2018 The Elgin History Museum launched a Kane County Dairies to Prairies exhibit, part of which will be at the fair in the Prairie Events Center. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "County fairs are a throwback for bustling suburbs," 5 July 2018 Cuba: Histories of the Present' Hispanic arts group Artes de la Rosa will host an opening reception for this exhibit of the photography of David LaFevor 6-8 p.m. Friday at its north side gallery space. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "The DFW top 10: Rockin' the River keeps the fireworks going," 3 July 2018 Wash hands often with soap and running water before and after attending pig exhibits. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana resident catches rare form of flu following exposure to pigs at a county fair," 1 July 2018 Stroll through the natural history exhibit that explains how the lake and dunes came to be. Joanne Cleaver, chicagotribune.com, "Door County vs. Leelanau: Which Midwest peninsula is tops? (Hint: Depends on the category.)," 25 June 2018 Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk through an open-air exhibit where Saudi women and traffic police explain the ins and outs of handling a car. Aya Batrawy, BostonGlobe.com, "As driving ban lifts, Saudi women at center of change," 23 June 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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