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exhibit

verb ex·hib·it \ ig-ˈzi-bət \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of exhibit

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

exhibitive

play \ig-ˈzi-bə-tiv\ adjective

exhibitor

play \ig-ˈzi-bə-tər\ noun

exhibitory

play \ig-ˈzi-bə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of exhibit in a Sentence

  1. They will be exhibiting a collection of paintings.

  2. He proudly exhibited his trophy.

  3. He first exhibited an interest in music when he was very young.

  4. The patient exhibited signs of the disease.

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Origin and Etymology of exhibit

Middle English, from Latin exhibitus, past participle of exhibēre, from ex- + habēre to have, hold — more at give

Synonym Discussion of exhibit

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

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exhibit

noun

Definition of exhibit

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

Examples of exhibit in a Sentence

  1. The show includes dozens of interesting exhibits.

  2. Have you seen the new photography exhibit?

  3. introduced the weapons into evidence as exhibits A and B

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First Known Use of exhibit

1626



EXHIBIT Defined for English Language Learners

exhibit

verb

Definition of exhibit for English Language Learners

  • : to make (a painting, sculpture, etc.) available for people to see

  • : to show or reveal (something)


exhibit

noun

Definition of exhibit for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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exhibit

verb ex·hib·it \ ig-ˈzi-bət \

Definition of exhibit for Students

exhibited; exhibiting
1 :to show by outward signs :reveal
  • The child exhibited interest in music.
2 :to put on display
  • I'm exhibiting my art.

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exhibit

noun

Definition of exhibit for Students

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

Law Dictionary

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exhibit

transitive verb ex·hib·it

legal Definition of exhibit

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

exhibitor

noun

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exhibit

noun

legal Definition of exhibit

1 a :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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