exhibit

verb
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

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 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

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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

His work has been exhibited in many places, from galleries to saloons. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "The artful American odyssey of Dmitry Samarov continues in words and images, set to music," 8 July 2019 Glasgow’s grand Hutcheson Hall, in the Merchant City, takes on the role of Stockholm in one of the film’s key scenes, while the in-flight storyline was shot aboard the Concorde that is exhibited at National Museum of Flight in East Lothian. Glasgow, USA TODAY, "9 film locations in Glasgow that will inspire a trip to the city," 1 July 2019 Cook is in the process of cataloging the collection, which will be exhibited in a few years at the Eagle Center after completion of an $18 million expansion that will double the size of the 15,000-square-foot building. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "He has a real eagle eye — Wabasha man’s collection is the largest in the country," 29 June 2019 His work was exhibited in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. New York Times, "John Shearer, Who Photographed Tumultuous 1960s, Dies at 72," 27 June 2019 And so in recent months, Labarbe has been taking the painting to New York and London, where it was exhibited in hopes of seducing potential buyers. Chris O'brien, latimes.com, "A dusty old painting turned up in an attic in France. It may sell for $100 million," 25 June 2019 Max’s work has been exhibited at museums, been the basis of popular wall posters, promoted major sporting events, graced the covers of rock records and appeared on a U.S. postage stamp. Washington Post, "Artist Peter Max’s wife found dead in a suspected suicide," 11 June 2019 Without discussion this article disappeared and never was exhibited. Lewis Hyde, Harper's magazine, "Ars Oblivionalis," 10 June 2019 His surreal collages, where world leaders rub shoulders with minor British celebrities, have appeared in newspapers and magazines in the U.K. and have been exhibited in London galleries. Skye Gurney, Time, "The Story Behind Cold War Steve's TIME Cover on Brexit Britain," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The exhibit at The Jewish Museum of Florida is local, too. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "A museum on Southern Jews moves its eclectic 4,000-item collection across state lines," 9 July 2019 Admission to the Nixon Library and the exhibit will be free on July 20 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic event. Lou Ponsi, latimes.com, "Nixon Library will open its Apollo 11 exhibit to the public on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing," 8 July 2019 The exhibit is open Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 to 5 p.m., through Sept. 18. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Remembering Woodstock, 50 years on, at The Cabot," 7 July 2019 The exhibit in the 2,000-square-foot Terrace Gallery will be open Aug. 19-Oct. 18 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Sept. 12. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "City of Orlando issues call for local art to showcase for Hispanic Heritage Month," 5 July 2019 Now in its second year, the exhibit was curated by Melissa Gohlke at the UTSA archive. Brooke Lamantia, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Public Library houses an ‘Out and Proud’ exhibit to highlight pride," 5 July 2019 The exhibit was curated by Margo Klass and is on view in the Bear Gallery through July. Anchorage Daily News, "First Friday art openings on July 5," 4 July 2019 The exhibit will be at the Bonita museum through Aug. 24. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bonita museum exhibition showcases history of South Bay families," 2 July 2019 The exhibit is the idea of Dr. John Lee, a local ophthalmologist. USA TODAY, "Moon rocks, Misty of Chincoteague, Haiku Stairs: News from around our 50 states," 28 June 2019

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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
somewhat formal : 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
chiefly US : a
: an object that is used as evidence in a court of law

exhibit

verb
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.

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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