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 awards are geared toward athletic achievement, but the winners also exhibit impressive credentials in academics and in their personal lives. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 31 May 2023 Everything about his résumé exhibits a destructive man corrosive to social harmony, or society working at all. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 25 May 2023 Some pieces of the costumes are exhibited by themselves, as is a replica of the sort of iron collar forced around the necks of enslaved Africans. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 Proceeds from Summerfair go toward awards, scholarships and exhibit opportunities for art students, professional artists and local arts organizations. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 15 May 2023 And visitors young and old will relish the chance to explore the ocean's depths in the Planet Earth: Deep Sea Adventures exhibit. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 12 May 2023 The secret sauce is an improved drag grease that exhibits a low viscosity at rest but becomes more viscous immediately after drag start up. Pete Robins, Field & Stream, 3 May 2023 How To Develop Your Leadership Potential Anyone can exhibit leadership qualities regardless of their job title or position. Yec, Forbes, 3 May 2023 The article also misstates the name of a museum that has exhibited the works of the artist Aliza Nisenbaum. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2023
Noun
Tickets for the special exhibit and general admission may be purchased in advance. Raya Rockwood, Dallas News, 2 June 2023 The museum showcases the personal side of the man behind the brand with interactive exhibits and plenty of insider knowledge. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 2 June 2023 Milwaukee Brewfest: Beer sampling, music and exhibits, 3-6:30 p.m. July 29. Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 1 June 2023 Thompson said the Santa Cruz museum might install a temporary exhibit to display the molar. Vanessa Arredondo, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2023 Get hands-on with fun exhibits, see a movie or tinker in MakerPlace. The Courier-Journal, 31 May 2023 Damages include the castle’s basement doors and a historical exhibit. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 31 May 2023 Fans of the latter two works will probably be pleased to hear that the castle recently opened an exhibit about the show, including costumes and props used by the main characters. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 31 May 2023 There will also be musical performances and vendors along with the museum’s usual exhibits. Jacob Linden, Woman's Day, 25 May 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 8 Jun. 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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