verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make or give an exhibition; present something to public view.


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

Synonyms for exhibit

Synonym study

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

Antonyms for exhibit

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Examples from the Web for exhibited

Contemporary Examples of exhibited

Historical Examples of exhibited

  • Rarely has there been exhibited so complete a combination of qualities in statesmanship.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • For the first time Margaret exhibited some interest in the conversation.

  • It was rumored that a statue by him had been exhibited in New York.

  • It was withheld for some time, and had only been recently exhibited.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • In this she may be exhibited as a pattern for the particular imitation of her own sex.

British Dictionary definitions for exhibited


verb (mainly tr)

(also intr) to display (something) to the public for interest or instructionthis artist exhibits all over the world
to manifest; display; showthe 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 Formsexhibitory, adjective

Word Origin for exhibit

C15: from Latin exhibēre to hold forth, from habēre to have
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Word Origin and History for exhibited



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.

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