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

This will give you a chance to see if your dog suffers from motion sickness or exhibits any nervous or anxious behaviors about traveling. Laurren Welch, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Road-Tripping With Your Dog," 31 Jan. 2019 Rare are those generalists that exhibit a multitude of peak abilities. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 The clinic sent a mobile assistance team to Stoneman Douglas High on Sept. 28, 2016, the records show, because Cruz had made threats and exhibited disturbing behavior after a breakup with a girlfriend. Author: Patricia Mazzei, Anchorage Daily News, "School officials wanted Florida gunman committed long before massacre," 18 Mar. 2018 Af Klint, feeling that people weren’t ready for this kind of work, left instructions that they not be exhibited for at least 20 years after her death in 1944. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Abstract Painter Hilma af Klint Inspires a Collaborative Capsule Collection for the Guggenheim Museum Store," 13 Oct. 2018 But the museum hasn’t recently exhibited American brutalism, or the Metabolist megastructures of Japan, both of which have more news value and more worldwide influence. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Concrete utopia," 12 July 2018 O'Rourke de Grinspan, who has not exhibited in this area before, works in acrylic and watercolor paints as well as photography. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 21 May 2018 Through his five innings on Wednesday night, Patrick Corbin did not exhibit good command. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Patrick Corbin muddles through outing as Diamondbacks fall to Dodgers," 10 May 2018 All artworks and products exhibited were available for the public to purchase, which organizers hope will also help to encourage young designers. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The convention center and adjacent Marriott hosted a wedding; in a nearby exhibit hall, there was a gathering of creators of toy slime (yes, those people get a convention, too). Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "The country’s second-largest haunted house trade show is in Schaumburg. Where else will you find a 465-pound headless corpse?," 10 June 2019 Organizations looking to host meetings, classes, performances, parties, exhibits, camps, training and shows should contact ad hoc committee chair Rachel Jenness at rbjenness@yahoo.com. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 7 June 2019 The addition will add 4 million square feet to the facility, including at least 600,000 square feet of new, leasable exhibit space. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Las Vegas Is Getting a Loop from Elon Musk," 23 May 2019 Klobuchar, who has a wide smile and a neat helmet of brown hair, is also little (five feet four with no help from her flats) and fierce (exhibit A: her starring role in Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings last fall). Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Personable, Popular, Pragmatic: Is Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the Democrat’s Secret Weapon?," 15 Jan. 2019 The exhibit spaces are larger and more naturalistic, and the staff is far more professional. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Did humans drive this polar bear insane?," 13 July 2018 Beers with some sort of fruity component have become pretty commonplace in the lighter beer world, and exhibit A is the radler genre. Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "Your guide to 8 great summer beers," 12 July 2018 The move will represent a massive expansion for the group, tripling the current exhibit space on Montgomery Road. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "With Holocaust center's move, Union Terminal will, once more, be a refuge for survivors," 6 July 2018 The report calls for expanding convention center square footage from 1.2 million to 1.7 million, including an increase in exhibit space from 300,000 square feet to at least 400,000 square feet. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Report: Baltimore Convention Center expansion, including new arena and hotel, could take six years," 6 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
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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