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

And the Telfair Museums in Georgia will host a community day, with the exhibiting artists Erin Johnson and Ken Ueno leading tours of their work. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "A Public Art Campaign Will Commission Political Billboards Across the Country," 3 June 2018 Print subscribers get a password for your existing account here The annual conference might also exhibit some internal acrimony. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "LULAC’s state convention to meet in S.A. amid crisis," 30 May 2018 Also in the visitor center are maps and displays on the lower level, exhibits upstairs and an observation deck. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Hoover Dam: Tours, sightseeing and how to get there from Las Vegas and Phoenix," 23 May 2018 The work will soon receive the attention of conservators thanks to funding from the Majestic, a Barcelona hotel helmed by art patrons that also exhibits its own collection (a work by Antoni Tàpies hangs inconspicuously in an upper-floor hallway). Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Joan Miró’s Just-Opened Farmhouse, Where the Artist’s Studio Is Perfectly Preserved," 18 May 2018 But Marshall’s mission, probably impossible anyway, also exhibited three habitual flaws of American foreign policy. The Economist, "George Marshall won the war and rebuilt Europe, but lost China," 3 May 2018 Contradictory to the expensive nature of the menu, Pat’s laid-back demeanor reflects the restaurant’s informal atmosphere, also exhibited in the family style nature of the sides and salads served. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Pat's Steakhouse in Clifton Heights is full of Louisville nostalgia," 2 May 2018 Scientists had speculated that Uranus and Neptune’s clouds could also exhibit ammonia ice (NH₃), as on gas giants Jupiter and Saturn, but previous observations from both ground telescopes and the Voyager 2 spacecraft were inconclusive. Eli Meixler, Time, "Scientists Say Uranus Really Does Smell Like Rotten Eggs. Here's Why," 24 Apr. 2018 Scientists have shown that slime molds also exhibit rudimentary learning behavior. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "What slime molds can teach us about thinking," 12 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Mountain View Obon Festival and Bazaar Speakers, food vendors, games, cultural exhibits and more. 2-8 p.m. Sat. SFChronicle.com, "Events listings," 12 July 2018 The State Fair kicks off Friday at Cal Expo with the best of California, and the variety of food, music, rides, exhibits and offerings should more than excite die-hard fairgoers and newcomers alike. Julia Sclafani And Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "All the new State Fair offerings: wine tastings, silent discos, coasters and acai bowls," 12 July 2018 Seymour Mednick, 91, of Center City, a commercial photographer whose pictures appeared in national magazines, but whose passion was documenting the Mummers for exhibits and film, died Thursday, July 5, of heart failure at his home. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Seymour Mednick, 91, commercial photographer who documented the Mummers," 12 July 2018 And there is still the IMA's revolving art exhibits and its permanent collection to peruse, including the 1629 self-portrait by Rembrandt. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Enjoy vanilla ice cream with all the toppings, homemade cookies and bars, and special patriotic exhibits. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food and drink events: Cooking classes, wine tastings, more (Summer 2018 edition)," 6 July 2018 The nonprofit art space that makes up the building, the garden and the wonders throughout hosts artists, events and exhibits that explore art and science and the connection between. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Imara and her new baby will stay in the giraffe barn, an off-exhibit area, for a few weeks until the calf is old enough to be introduced to other animals and explore the zoo's savanna habitat, Hardwick said. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Phoenix Zoo welcomes new baby giraffe born last week," 4 July 2018 The festival, featuring live music, carnival rides, bingo, military exhibits and food, runs over Tuesday and Wednesday at Naval Station Great Lakes’s Ross Field, surrounded by the naval base, which has buildings dating back to 1906. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Naval Station Great Lakes July 4th festival complete with carnival rides, live music, fireworks," 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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