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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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Synonym study

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

Antonyms for exhibit

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Related Words for exhibitor

mentor, model, counselor, teacher, pilot, superintendent, chaperon, docent, usher, cicerone, convoy, captain, monitor, lead, guru, pattern, genius, ideal, criterion, escort

Examples from the Web for exhibitor

Historical Examples of exhibitor

  • This dialogue can be carried on to suit the taste and invention of the exhibitor.

    The Art of Amusing

    Frank Bellew

  • But the huntsman, sportsman, and exhibitor know different to this.

    Sporting Dogs

    Frank Townend Barton

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

  • 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

  • The Exhibitor (coming up and inspecting his bird with pride).

British Dictionary definitions for exhibitor


  1. a person or thing that exhibits
  2. an individual or company that shows films, esp the manager or owner of a cinema
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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 for exhibit

C15: from Latin exhibēre to hold forth, from habēre to have
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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).

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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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