from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To show outwardly; display.
  • intransitive verb To present for others to see.
  • intransitive verb To present in a public exhibition or contest: synonym: show.
  • intransitive verb To give evidence or an instance of; demonstrate.
  • intransitive verb To put something on public display.
  • noun A public showing; an exhibition.
  • noun Something exhibited.
  • noun Law Something marked for identification with the purpose of being introduced as evidence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Anything or any collection of things exhibited publicly: as, the Japanese exhibit in the Paris Exposition.
  • noun A showing; specifically, a written recital or report showing the state of any matter at a particular date, as of the estate of a bankrupt, etc.
  • noun In law, a paper attached to a contract, pleading, affidavit, or other principal instrument, identified in and referred to by it; a document offered in evidence in an action, and marked to identify it or authenticate it for future reference.
  • noun Synonyms See exhibition.
  • To offer or present to view; present for inspection; place on show: as, to exhibit, paintings; to exhibit an invention; to exhibit documents in court.
  • To display; manifest conspicuously; bring to light; furnish or constitute: as, to exhibit an example of bravery or generosity.
  • To present for consideration; bring forward publicly or officially; make a presentation of.
  • In medicine, to administer, as a specified drug.
  • In English universities, to hold forth (a foundation or prize) to be competed for by candidates.
  • To present or declaim (a speech or an essay) in public.
  • To make an exhibition; open a show; present something to public view: as, to exhibit at the Academy.
  • In universities, to offer or present an exhibition.
  • To present an essay in public; speak in public at an exhibition or college commencement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To hold forth or present to view; to produce publicly, for inspection; to show, especially in order to attract notice to what is interesting; to display.
  • transitive verb (Law) To submit, as a document, to a court or officer, in course of proceedings; also, to present or offer officially or in legal form; to bring, as a charge.
  • transitive verb (Med.) To administer as a remedy.
  • transitive verb to hold it forth or to tender it as a bounty to candidates.
  • transitive verb [Obs.] to declaim or otherwise present it in public.
  • noun Any article, or collection of articles, displayed to view, as in an industrial exhibition; a display
  • noun (Law) A document produced and identified in court for future use as evidence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To display or show (something) for others to see, especially at an exhibition or contest.
  • verb transitive To demonstrate.
  • verb transitive, law To submit (a physical object) to a court as evidence.
  • verb intransitive To put on a public display.
  • noun An instance of exhibiting.
  • noun That which is exhibited.
  • noun A public showing; an exhibition.
  • noun law An article formally introduced as evidence in a court.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb give an exhibition of to an interested audience
  • verb to show, make visible or apparent
  • verb walk ostentatiously
  • noun something shown to the public
  • verb show an attribute, property, knowledge, or skill
  • noun an object or statement produced before a court of law and referred to while giving evidence


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English exhibiten, from Latin exhibēre, exhibit- : ex-, ex- + habēre, to hold; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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