Definition of exhibit in English:

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Pronunciation: /iɡˈzibət/


[with object]
1Publicly display (a work of art or item of interest) in an art gallery or museum or at a trade fair: only one sculpture was exhibited in the artist’s lifetime
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  • His work is also exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections worldwide.
  • Like many of the artists whose works were exhibited at the fair, Lux's photographs blur the boundary between reality and artificiality.
  • A representative sample of this spectacular art collection is exhibited on three floors in 43 galleries, some of which are graced by exquisite stucco ceilings.
1.1 [no object] (Of an artist) display one’s work to the public in an art gallery or museum: she was invited to exhibit at several French museums
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  • A different artist will exhibit in The Gallery each month.
  • Many of the artists have exhibited in Ireland and throughout the world.
  • Doug Roseaman of Wiltshire Heritage Museum is hoping to organise a visual arts festival in September when artists will exhibit in venues not usually connected with artistic endeavour.
put on display/show, display, show, put on public view, showcase;
set out, lay out, array, arrange
1.2 (usually be exhibited) Publicly display the work of (an artist) in an art gallery or museum: no foreign painters were exhibited
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  • The W.A.C Bennett Gallery is exhibiting another talented artist.
  • You could argue that he was a brave gallerist, exhibiting artists that other galleries were too afraid to exhibit themselves, but then again maybe not.
  • Today the gallery holds eight standard exhibitions a year, exhibiting artists from around the country.
2Manifest or deliberately display (a quality or a type of behavior): he could exhibit a saintlike submissiveness
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  • He exhibits qualities that probably make him a loyal friend and certainly endearing company.
  • However, since most ratio variables exhibit this quality in the social sciences, they are not being distinguished here.
  • However, samples from a small number of sites exhibited unusual behaviour and these are commented upon in the outcrop discussions below.
show, reveal, display, manifest;
express, indicate, demonstrate, present
formal evince
2.1Show as a sign or symptom: patients with alcoholic liver disease exhibit many biochemical abnormalities
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  • Some patients, especially young children, may exhibit signs and symptoms of respiratory distress that are indistinguishable from those of an acute asthma attack.
  • When the patient began bleeding from a gastric ulcer and exhibiting signs of hypovolemic shock, an exploratory laparotomy was performed.
  • On rare occasions, patients exhibit signs of anesthetic toxicity, including flushing, hives, chest or abdominal discomfort, and nausea.


1An object or collection of objects on public display in an art gallery or museum or at a trade fair: the museum is rich in exhibits
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  • For history buffs, nearly every community in the province has its own collection of historical exhibits displayed in tiny museums.
  • As well as collecting £400,000 to buy the ship, Mr Waite is hoping to raise more than £1m to refit the ship as a museum and pay for exhibits and displays.
  • Developing the site enables people worldwide to access the collection and exhibits of the museums within the quadrangle.
object, item, piece, showpiece;
1.1North American An exhibition: people flocked to the exhibit in record-breaking numbers
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  • While far less inflammatory than suggested by the resultant outcry, the exhibit's attempt to present multiple perspectives on the bombing was ill-timed.
  • Importantly, the exhibit presented the progress made by African Americans in terms defined by the dominant white culture.
  • The exhibit presents the animals as fellow beings we are close to and responsible for, not as exotic curiosities for us to exploit.
1.2 Law A document or other object produced in a court as evidence.
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  • In December 2001 I filed evidence supported by three exhibits in the Court of Appeal registry, which establishes he pursued litigation for ulterior purposes.
  • The agreement in question was not an exhibit to the affidavit filed by the Bank in support of this motion.
  • There is a two-page affidavit, your Honour, which does refer to exhibits to the document.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'submit for consideration', also specifically 'present a document as evidence in court'): from Latin exhibit- 'held out', from the verb exhibere, from ex- 'out' + habere 'hold'.

Words that rhyme with exhibit

adhibit, gibbet, inhibit, prohibit

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Syllabification: ex·hib·it

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