exhibit

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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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The featured artists are mostly ones who exhibit often at Addison/Ripley, such as painters Carol Brown Goldberg, Trevor Young and Christopher Baer, as well as photographer Frank Hallam Day. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2023 Bantof supports the artistic community, showcasing emerging artists who can exhibit and sell their work free of charge. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 However, those who exhibit COVID symptoms are subject to testing. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 30 Dec. 2022 The center is now highlighting artists who exhibit their work to help communicate with those who have dementia. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 2 Dec. 2022 The award is reserved for Girl Scouts who exhibit extraordinary heroism or have risked their life to save another person. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 Goodman points out that in many cases, people who exhibit social anxiety can then go on to develop other mental heath problems including depression and alcohol addiction. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 22 May 2022 These are some key traits of extroverts, and those who exhibit them are known to rise to leadership roles. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, 3 May 2022 But evidence for this model is lacking, says Geha, and wouldn’t apply to migraine sufferers, who also exhibit weight gain. Holly Barker, Discover Magazine, 28 Mar. 2022
Noun
The WooSox Foundation has partnered with the Worcester Public Library and the United Way of Central Massachusetts to bring an exhibit from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to the library celebrating the life of Hall of Famer Buck O’Neil. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Feb. 2023 Saturday’s events will be focused on scholarship, with the summit inviting academics from around the country to provide context for the exhibit, along with people from the community, including director John Singleton’s son, Justice Singleton. Evan Nicole Brown, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Feb. 2023 The museum also has an exhibit dedicated to buffalo soldiers and Sgt. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 3 Feb. 2023 The lawsuit includes as an exhibit a letter sent by Peltz’s lawyers to the company that claims PDE was unwilling to refund the investor’s $159,000 deposit. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 2 Feb. 2023 Now the tale of Hawkins’ restoration of Old Mount Gillion Cemetery is an immersive exhibit featuring the photography of Kwesi Yanful, who chronicled the cemetery’s transformation. Dallas News, 2 Feb. 2023 The City of Orlando is celebrating Black History Month with an art exhibit and events centered on this year’s theme of Black resistance. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Feb. 2023 The monthlong annual festival kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with performances at The Cabaret at 924 N. Pennsylvania St. and with an exhibit that includes Pollard's work at Gallery 924. The Indianapolis Star, 1 Feb. 2023 The Noyes Cultural Arts Center is also hosting an exhibit curated by Fran Joy highlighting Black History. Chicago Tribune, 31 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 6 Feb. 2023.

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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