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From Latin exhibitus, perfect passive participle of exhibeō (I hold forth, present, show, display), from ex (out of, from) + habeō (I have, hold); see habit.



exhibit (third-person singular simple present exhibits, present participle exhibiting, simple past and past participle exhibited)

  1. (transitive) To display or show (something) for others to see, especially at an exhibition or contest.
    He wanted to exhibit his baseball cards.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter V, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.
    • 2006, Donald Ringe, From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic (A Linguistic History of English; 1)‎[1], Oxford: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 12:
      A considerable number of derived nominals, especially thematic nouns, also exhibited o-grade roots.
  2. (transitive) To demonstrate.
    The players exhibited great skill.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XIII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them.
  3. (transitive, law) To submit (a physical object) to a court as evidence.
    I now exhibit this bloody hammer.
  4. (intransitive) To put on a public display.
    Will you be exhibiting this year?
  5. (medicine) To administer as a remedy.
    to exhibit calomel


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exhibit (plural exhibits)

  1. An instance of exhibiting.
  2. That which is exhibited.
  3. A public showing; an exhibition.
    The museum's new exhibit is drawing quite a crowd.
  4. (law) An article formally introduced as evidence in a court.
    Exhibit A is this photograph of the corpse.


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exhibit (feminine exhibida, masculine plural exhibits, feminine plural exhibides)

  1. past participle of exhibir