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 exhibit (audio) \ adjective
exhibitor \ ig-​ˈzi-​bə-​tər How to pronounce exhibit (audio) \ noun
exhibitory \ ig-​ˈzi-​bə-​ˌtȯr-​ē How to pronounce exhibit (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 If pets exhibit uncharacteristic behavior, such as incessant pacing, crying or whining, owners should help distract them through play or another enjoyable activity. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "How to keep your pets safe during Thunder Over Louisville 2021," 14 Apr. 2021 The elevator whisks me to the 43rd floor, where a cross section of the mattress has been installed to better exhibit its contents: horsehair, cotton, wool, flax. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Would You Go to a Hotel Just to Sleep?," 6 Apr. 2021 Artists like Wiese earn money for their work and have the opportunity to exhibit in both local and national museums and galleries. Bruno Povejsil, Star Tribune, "Interact in St. Paul is a visual and performing arts center for artists with disabilities," 24 Mar. 2021 But experts stressed that even when people exhibit attitudes that are indicative of oppression and marginalization of others, that does not often lead to committing an act of mass violence. NBC News, "How 'sex addiction' has historically been used to absolve white men," 20 Mar. 2021 These works challenge the dancers to exhibit grace while being exact in their form and technique. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Ballet's 'To the Pointe' makes classics friendly for new audiences," 26 Feb. 2021 Tony continues to exhibit a strong work ethic and dedication in achieving success in his position. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Loveland officer accused of sexual assault resigns, documents say," 26 Feb. 2021 Most plan to continue to exhibit their culinary skills in the future, and home shoppers are looking for kitchens with bigger cabinets and an island. oregonlive, "On the market: Portland homes for sale with the top 10 trends for 2021," 21 Dec. 2020 Retaining a majority of its regular vendors, the Affair of Arts will exhibit many of South Florida’s favorite artists and crafters. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, "Delray Affair gets new name and venue in mall’s parking lot," 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Decorative Arts exhibit will be open April 5-30. Arkansas Online, "CALENDAR," 4 Apr. 2021 When Anytime Explore a grand-scale game of telephone in the form of an interactive art exhibit. New York Times, "Celebrate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Make Ratatouille," 3 Apr. 2021 The Fairy Doors, an exhibit that has captured the hearts minds of visitors young and old, return for a fourth year June 5-Sept. 5. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Fairy Doors return to Leu Gardens for fourth year of magic," 2 Apr. 2021 John Lawrence, a retired curator with the Historic New Orleans Collection, worked with Daguillard on an exhibit about the Haitian migration to Louisiana before the Louisiana Purchase. Washington Post, "Fritz Daguillard, immunologist who studied art and Haitian history, dies of covid-19," 2 Apr. 2021 Greater Hartford’s West Indian Diaspora’ exhibit opening and WHS annual meeting and program will take place. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 2 Apr. 2021 This popular exhibit has been expanded recently with artifacts from Nirvana, Prince, Stevie Nicks, Bon Jovi, The Roots, Jimi Hendrix and more. cleveland, "15 things to do in Cleveland this weekend, April 1-5," 1 Apr. 2021 Pop-up exhibit presented by the San Antonio Zoo is a medieval experience with 15 dragons, live entertainment, and food and drink for purchase. Jim Kiest And Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Things to do in San Antonio this weekend: Nikki Lane, Wade Bowen, symphony and more," 1 Apr. 2021 Defense attorney Eric Nelson in his opening statement said the bystander video is just one exhibit among hundreds that will be entered into evidence. Michael Tarm, ajc, "EXPLAINER: Video dominates trial in George Floyd's death," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of exhibit was in the 15th century

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18 Apr 2021

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“Exhibit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhibit. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for exhibit

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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