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

In the wake of his death, those close to him noted that Seau, outwardly ebullient and carefree, had been struggling with the transition from football, facing gambling problems and other financial stress and exhibiting signs of depression. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Sheriff’s officials said that shortly after 8 p.m., inmates noticed Smith exhibiting signs of a seizure and alerted jail officers. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Jefferson County jail inmate dies after plastic bag ruptures in stomach," 2 July 2019 Bethany has her cellphone implanted in her hand, and one of Rosie’s kids wanders in and out of the frame, attached to whatever video device is current, constantly seeking stimuli while exhibiting signs of advanced brain damage. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Years and Years’ Review: A Slapdash Dystopia," 20 June 2019 Patients could potentially walk into the doctor's office, get the shot and exhibit fewer physical signs of stress associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Get a shot, say goodbye to stress. Could it be that easy?," 7 June 2018 The players also met with a handful of Evans Scholars, college students who earned full scholarships by exhibiting high character and strong achievement as students and caddies. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Bears Mitch Trubisky, Taylor Gabriel and Kyle Fuller bring some football buzz to the BMW Championship at Medinah," 17 Aug. 2019 New Zealand went further, making it a criminal offense to copy, distribute, or exhibit the video of the live shootings, with potential penalties of up to 14 years in prison for an individual, or up to $100,000 in fines for a corporation. Xanthe Mallett, Quartz, "‘True crime’ entertainment disrespects victims and their families—and it needs to stop," 17 Aug. 2019 The natural interest rate is the one an economy organically exhibits from the combination of population increase, availability of natural resources, and productivity and efficiency improvements that technology bring. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Plunge in 30-Year Treasury Bonds Spells the End of America’s Golden Age, to Some," 16 Aug. 2019 The end-of-summer evening included animal encounters and meet-the-keeper sessions at the elephant, cougar and Reptile & Amphibian House exhibits. Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo draws a party crowd to 'All About That Bubbly'," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The exhibit features over 1,300 shell and marine life specimens, with a heavy focus on ocean conservation. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Reach the beach without leaving Houston: HMNS opens Hall of Malacology, filled with exotic shells," 30 Aug. 2019 The exhibit will be open for viewing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 2-5 p.m. Sundays, and on the first Saturdays of the month from noon to 5 p.m. The SHS museum can be reached at 216-921-1201, or visit shakerhistory.org. cleveland.com, "University Heights Fall Fest set for Oct. 6; Democracy Day is Sept. 9 in Shaker Heights; more: Press Run," 30 Aug. 2019 The exhibit features nearly 100 pieces of women’s and men’s garments from four centuries including a gown by Cromartie and one designed by Siriano. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Christian Siriano, Bishme Cromartie rejoin for Baltimore fashion exhibit," 29 Aug. 2019 The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Sundays, and adult admission costs $27-$30. Allison Darosa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Travel deals: Book now for early-autumn bargains," 28 Aug. 2019 The museum’s most treasured exhibit is a series of remarkable 14th-century frescoes, retrieved from ancient churches around Ravenna. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 The exhibit also includes more contemporary fashions and explores the reasons and results of fashion evolution in that South American country. Randy Mcmullen, The Mercury News, "Rare look at stunning Mayan clothing on hand in San Jose," 14 Aug. 2019 But Pope’s exhibit is also about what’s failed to transfer due to redlining. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "See how a Seattle artist is telling the painful story of redlining in his city," 8 Aug. 2019 The exhibit features more than 120 pieces from the Andy Warhol Museum, including portraits of his friends, patrons, movie stars and musicians, according to the museum’s website. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "Hundreds of families pack the McNay to celebrate Andy Warhol," 4 Aug. 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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