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[ig-zib-it] /ɪgˈzɪb ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to offer or expose to view; present for inspection:
to exhibit the latest models of cars.
to manifest or display:
to exhibit anger; to exhibit interest.
to place on show:
to exhibit paintings.
to make manifest; explain.
Law. to submit (a document, object, etc.) in evidence in a court of law.
Medicine/Medical Obsolete. to administer (something) as a remedy.
verb (used without object)
to make or give an exhibition; present something to public view.
an act or instance of exhibiting; exhibition.
something that is exhibited.
an object or a collection of objects shown in an exhibition, fair, etc.
Law. a document or object exhibited in court and referred to and identified in written evidence.
Origin of exhibit
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English exhibiten to show < Latin exhibitus (past participle of exhibēre), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -hib- (combining form of habēre to have) + -itus -ite2
Related forms
exhibitable, adjective
exhibitor, exhibiter, exhibitant, noun
preexhibit, noun, verb (used with object)
reexhibit, verb (used with object)
self-exhibited, adjective
unexhibitable, adjective
unexhibited, adjective
well-exhibited, adjective
1. show, demonstrate. See display. 2. evince, disclose, betray, show, reveal. 8. showing, show, display. 9, 11. See evidence. 10. display.
2. conceal. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exhibit
  • View hundreds of flowers in a breathtaking indoor exhibit.
  • Inside an atom, there are protons and neutrons, which exhibit different characteristics.
  • The exhibit was partially supported by a $15000 grant from the endowment.
  • People can exhibit different types of selves in different environments.
  • So when the country's economy collapsed, it became a grim exhibit in the case against globalisation.
  • They already exhibit what may be a complex language.
  • The problem with the exhibit was its subject matter.
  • For film geeks, this promises to be quite the exhibit.
  • Each exhibit is a tribute to the survivor who created it.
  • Learn how the brain processes sound in an exhibit, a lecture and a gallery.
British Dictionary definitions for exhibit


verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to display (something) to the public for interest or instruction: this artist exhibits all over the world
to manifest; display; show: the child exhibited signs of distress
(law) to produce (a document or object) in court to serve as evidence
an object or collection exhibited to the public
(law) a document or object produced in court and referred to or identified by a witness in giving evidence
Derived Forms
exhibitory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin exhibēre to hold forth, from habēre to have
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Word Origin and History for exhibit

mid-15c., from Latin exhibitus, past participle of exhibere "to hold out, display, show, present, deliver" (see exhibition). Related: Exhibited; exhibiting.


1620s, "document or object produced as evidence in court," from Latin exhibitum, neuter past participle of exhibere (see exhibition). Meaning "object displayed in a fair, museum, etc." is from 1862. Transferred use of exhibit A "important piece of evidence" is by 1906.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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