Definition of exhibit in English:


Syllabification: ex·hib·it
Pronunciation: /igˈzibit


[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.
  • 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.


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  • 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; display; evidence
  • 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'.

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