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 parity and harmony the couple exhibited even extended to their paychecks on this particular project. Julie Miller, HWD, "How Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem Balance Marriage, Movies—And Equal Paychecks," 9 May 2018 The challenge is to have different types of Jews seated around the seder table in open respectful dialogue, each contributing to the seder discussion, each exhibiting love for the other. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "The hidden message of the four children," 26 Mar. 2018 The annual award is given to rising fashion designers who exhibit talent, originality, a strong sense of community, and sustainable practices, according to Buckingham Palace. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Camilla Sits Front-Row at London Fashion Week on the Queen's Behalf," 19 Feb. 2019 Since Art Basel’s founding, the galleries that exhibit there have been chosen by a committee of gallerists. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Parties, private jets, and multimillion-dollar paintings: Art Basel, explained," 6 Dec. 2018 Corporate leaders are only slightly more likely to have strong psychopathic tendencies than other groups—and CEOs that exhibit those tendencies are less likely to be viewed as effective leaders. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Acting like a psychopath is great for male CEOs, not so much for women," 26 Oct. 2018 As Bustle pointed out, PDA is actually healthy, and studies have shown that couples who exhibit PDA are often more satisfied than those who don't, and more comfortable with their partner. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber Reportedly Gushed About Hailey Baldwin's "Hot"-ness to a Waiter," 30 July 2018 Fishbowl, a restaurant data firm, recognized True Food Kitchen as No.1 on its list of emerging brands, which is is made up of restaurants that exhibit strong promise of potential growth in the upcoming year. Hailey Mensik, chicagotribune.com, "True Food Kitchen to expand — with Oprah’s help," 11 July 2018 See, the freezer that the Germans launched has the ability to make atoms clump together in a cloud-like blob called a Bose-Einstein condensate—a phase of matter that exhibits some truly bizarre properties. Sophia Chen, WIRED, "The Quest to Make Super Cold Quantum Blobs in Space," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 12-person jury in Brooklyn federal court faces the daunting task of digesting evidence from a three-month trial, during which the government called more than 50 witnesses and showed hundreds of exhibits. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "‘El Chapo’ Jury Ends Third Day of Deliberations Without Verdict," 6 Feb. 2019 The exhibit opens up to the public every year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The 2019 Met Gala Is Coming—Here's What You Need to Know," 1 Feb. 2019 Ever since the Serpentine Gallery started adorning its flawless English lawn in Kensington Gardens with a summer pavilion designed by some of the biggest names in architecture, such was the afterlife of many of these impermanent exhibits. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Bjarke Ingels’s Serpentine Pavilion Is on a World Tour: First Stop, Toronto," 24 Sep. 2018 Nothing here is off-limits to inquisitive hands, and the two full floors of exhibits include everything from a veggie and herb garden to a rocket assembly studio. Juliet Izon, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Kids Will Love a Trip to Philly as Much as the Magic Kingdom," 30 July 2018 Karen McGuire, curator of exhibits at Cannon Gallery, said the public is very excited about the show. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Stellaluna' author and artist celebrates 25th anniversary with exhibit," 1 July 2018 Whiting officials say that while the physical building at 119th and Front streets has been completed, the actual development of exhibits that will be on display is still taking place. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting scheduled to debut before Christmas," 29 June 2018 How things unfold from here, and the quality of the museum's exhibits. Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trailblazing America's Black Holocaust Museum poised to reopen," 15 June 2018 Experts descend on the place to determine its safety after a worker has a fatal encounter with one of the living exhibits. Pam Grady, SFChronicle.com, "Cinematic dinosaurs roared long before the first ‘Jurassic’ movie," 14 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
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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