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verb (used with object)
  1. to offer or expose to view; present for inspection: to exhibit the latest models of cars.
  2. to manifest or display: to exhibit anger; to exhibit interest.
  3. to place on show: to exhibit paintings.
  4. to make manifest; explain.
  5. Law. to submit (a document, object, etc.) in evidence in a court of law.
  6. Medicine/Medical Obsolete. to administer (something) as a remedy.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make or give an exhibition; present something to public view.
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  1. an act or instance of exhibiting; exhibition.
  2. something that is exhibited.
  3. an object or a collection of objects shown in an exhibition, fair, etc.
  4. Law. a document or object exhibited in court and referred to and identified in written evidence.
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Origin of exhibit

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 formsex·hib·it·a·ble, adjectiveex·hib·i·tor, ex·hib·it·er, ex·hib·it·ant, nounpre·ex·hib·it, noun, verb (used with object)re·ex·hib·it, verb (used with object)self-ex·hib·it·ed, adjectiveun·ex·hib·it·a·ble, adjectiveun·ex·hib·it·ed, adjectivewell-ex·hib·it·ed, adjective


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1. show, demonstrate. 2. evince, disclose, betray, show, reveal. 8. showing, show, display. 10. display.

Synonym study

1. See display. 9, 11. See evidence.


2. conceal.
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verb (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to display (something) to the public for interest or instructionthis artist exhibits all over the world
  2. to manifest; display; showthe child exhibited signs of distress
  3. law to produce (a document or object) in court to serve as evidence
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  1. an object or collection exhibited to the public
  2. law a document or object produced in court and referred to or identified by a witness in giving evidence
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Derived Formsexhibitory, 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.

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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.

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