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

The mummy’s accompanying funerary objects, including a small clay jar, pouches, maize, beans, grasses and coca, will be exhibited in the Bolivian city through November 2. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "500-Year-Old Inca Mummy Repatriated to Bolivia," 22 Aug. 2019 Films for the 2020 awards must have been been theatrically exhibited publicly to a paying audience on at least 10 commercial screens in the U.K. for at least seven days in aggregate. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "BAFTA Adding Casting Category to 2020 Film, TV Awards," 7 Aug. 2019 Therein was exhibited the exhausting urgency that comes from being behind big early. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres can’t take care of first; Mets ride deGrom to series win," 25 July 2019 The 4449 wasn’t publicly exhibited at the Brooklyn Roundhouse, which was a shame for such a fine train. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the SP 4449 Is Such a Badass Train," 15 July 2019 Yasunaga has exhibited extensively in his native Japan, but this is his first solo show in the U.S. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Gravel, glass and glaze: The radical ceramics of Masaomi Yasunaga," 5 July 2019 Both teams exhibited some solid game control in Week 1. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 15 Sep. 2019 Leonard was exceptionally hard working and exhibited immense grit, determination and an unrivaled work ethic. courant.com, "Leonard Frank Schumann Jr.," 15 Sep. 2019 Those given lower doses exhibited similar symptoms, including weight loss, lethargy and a lack of interest in food. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Common Pesticides Delay Songbird Migration, Trigger Significant Weight Loss," 14 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In fact, if the Hynes is no longer in the mix, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s total exhibit, meeting room, and ballroom space in the city would actually shrink by about 8 percent under Baker’s plan. BostonGlobe.com, "Governor Charlie Baker has revived plans to expand the massive Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston, and wants to help pay for it by selling the state-owned Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay.," 17 Sep. 2019 The exhibit, which includes women’s fashions from 1870s to today, is on view through June 30, 2020. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Fashions of 1920s shimmer and shine in ‘Downton Abbey’ the movie," 17 Sep. 2019 The event features more than 200 arts and craft exhibits, a food court, costumed pirates and mermaids, and a beer garden. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Senior center recognizes residents older than 90," 16 Sep. 2019 See rose exhibits, a flower arranging demonstration, kids’ crafts, and succulent gardening displays, Raptors from RAPTORS Inc. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Sept. 16-22," 16 Sep. 2019 Plans for Sensorio include themed interactive exhibits, a 4,000-square-foot wine center and a resort hotel with a conference center. Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, "A Light Safari in Wine Country," 15 Sep. 2019 Enjoy eight workshops, a floral design show, floriculture and horticulture exhibits, plant and garden vendors, children’s crafts and more. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Fall garden fairs, plant sales and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Other activities for the weekend, most of which are in Winterset, include a car show, live entertainment, a quilt show, photography exhibit, demonstrations of old-time skills, horse and carriage rides and more. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Make history at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel, get artsy in Wisconsin and more Midwest events," 12 Sep. 2019 Besides unlimited wine tastings, the evening will include live music and access to the zoo’s Great Cats exhibit and Think Tank exhibit (home to orangutans). 6 to 9 p.m. $55-$115. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 11 Sep. 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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