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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.
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 for exhibited
  • Those in the bottom quartile have shown slow but steady progress, while those in the top quartile have exhibited a sharp decline.
  • There are no borders, and the colors are deeper than can be exhibited in a photograph.
  • The author is exhibited in his study, his pen in hand.
  • The buyers and the non-buyers exhibited no significant affective differences.
  • Physically, they exhibited no indication of their past lives and character.
  • Upon inspection, the drawer exhibited a great array of the shells of various sorts of nuts.
  • And of this a manifest example is exhibited in pain.
  • Financial factors may have played a part in the fierce animosity exhibited toward cold fusion experiments.
  • Moreover, when they did, their songs exhibited poor acoustic quality.
  • Those who exhibited negative expressions reported being in more pain than the other two groups.
British Dictionary definitions for exhibited


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 exhibited
mid-15c., from L. exhibit-, pp. stem of exhibere (see exhibition). The noun is recorded from 1620s, from L. exhibitum, neut. pp. of exhibere Related: Exhibited; exhibiting.
1620s, "document or object produced as evidence in court," from L. exhibitum, neut. pp. of exhibere (see exhibition). Transf. use of exhibit A "important piece of evidence" is 1906.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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