exhibit

1 of 2

verb

ex·​hib·​it ig-ˈzi-bət How to pronounce exhibit (audio)
exhibited; exhibiting; exhibits

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 senseH. 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 adjective
exhibitor noun
exhibitory adjective

exhibit

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noun

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
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Hagerty appears committed to raising its profile with the general public as well as well-heeled car collectors who travel the country to exhibit vehicles and compete for trophies. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 4 Apr. 2024 Still, exhibiting unseen sketches in front of an audience with celebrities providing live commentary — rather than, say, throwing them up on YouTube — is pretty genius. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 In her March 26 farewell video, however, Nelson exhibits an entirely different demeanor. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2024 According to the American Egg Board, these works of art are later exhibited at the Presidential Library. Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 1 Apr. 2024 The students rarely exhibited the kind of idealism that a Westerner associates with youth. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Windows that stretched floor-to-ceiling provided ideal natural light for photography and subsequently for exhibiting art. Emily Labarge, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Jameela was born several weeks premature via emergency C-section on Jan. 5 after her mother, Sekani, began exhibiting symptoms of preeclampsia. Harriet Ramos, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 23 Mar. 2024 In fact, the majority of people who are exposed to trauma do not go on to exhibit the symptoms of PTSD. George Makari, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024
Noun
Space exhibits, immersive art installations, and guest speakers will also be part of the long weekend’s activities. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 5 Apr. 2024 Celebrating 50 Years, the exhibit will open in New York City on May 9, 2024, and feature archival covers, multimedia elements and interactive opportunities for visitors to turn themselves into a PEOPLE cover star. Ana Calderone, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2024 Jayson Musson: His History of Art Jayson Musson's exhibit opens this Friday at the Contemporary Arts Center and will be on display through early September. Allison Kiehl, The Enquirer, 3 Apr. 2024 After his exhibit closed, the postcards took over Frank’s life. Hazlitt, 3 Apr. 2024 The options are meant to provide additional revenue to the museum for exhibits, facility and garage upkeep, community outreach for underserved families and staff pay, according to Audra Blasdel, the museum's vice president of operations. The Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2024 The American Egg Board, which works to promote egg farmers, has partnered with the White House for the annual exhibits around Easter for 47 years, including during the Trump administration, a spokesperson told ABC News. Fritz Farrow, ABC News, 31 Mar. 2024 This exhibit opens on April 26, and will be followed through 2025 by exhibits examining Indigenous borderlands, global borderlands, and anti-border futures. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Mar. 2024 The exhibit opens March 28, but mark your calendars for a free gallery talk April 12 at 11:30 a.m. Through Sept. 2. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Exhibit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhibit. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

exhibit

1 of 2 verb
ex·​hib·​it ig-ˈzib-ət How to pronounce exhibit (audio)
1
: to show by outward signs : reveal
exhibit an interest in music
2
: to put on display
exhibit a collection of paintings
exhibitor noun

exhibit

2 of 2 noun
1
: an article or a collection shown in an exhibition
2
: an article presented as evidence in a court of law

Legal Definition

exhibit

1 of 2 transitive verb
ex·​hib·​it
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

exhibit

2 of 2 noun
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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