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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for exhibitor
Historical Examples
  • The object in doing this was to insure impartiality and to make connivance between a judge and an exhibitor more difficult.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • This dialogue can be carried on to suit the taste and invention of the exhibitor.

    The Art of Amusing Frank Bellew
  • The exhibitor, provided with a light, begins by allowing the interior of the apparatus to be examined by the spectators.

  • It will be an annual fair, to last three days, in which he will be the only exhibitor.

  • A terrier is easy to get "fit," and the only thing that may cause the exhibitor loss of sleep is the condition of the wire coat.

    The Airedale Williams Haynes
  • Just one word as to the exhibitor's own conduct in the ring may not be amiss.

    A Manual of Toy Dogs Mrs. Leslie Williams
  • But let me anticipate an objection relating to the exhibitor himself.

    My Life as an Author Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • "It is only about three or four minutes they'd have to stay in it," said the exhibitor.

    Elsie's Widowhood Martha Finley
  • Put on this the date, name of the exhibitor (or number) and his place of residence, if required.

  • The exhibitor said it was a silicate of iron occurring in asbestos-like fibres.

    Asbestos Robert H. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for exhibitor


a person or thing that exhibits
an individual or company that shows films, esp the manager or owner of a cinema


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for exhibitor

1650s (as exhibiter, 1590s), from Late Latin exhibitor, agent noun from past participle stem of Latin exhibere (see exhibition).



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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