Definition of exhibit in English:



  • 1Publicly display (a work of art or item of interest) in an art gallery or museum or at a trade fair.

    ‘only one sculpture was exhibited in the artist's lifetime’
    • ‘The British Museum exhibits the works of man from primitive to modern times with a collection from all around the world.’
    • ‘And as someone who is recognised as being at the very pinnacle of her profession, there is no shortage of top galleries clamouring to exhibit her work.’
    • ‘The selected work was exhibited in the gallery at the Organization of American States headquarters in April 1965.’
    • ‘Selected works will be exhibited at two venues in Sligo Town.’
    • ‘San Francisco's Bucheon Gallery exhibits Miller's work, which is priced in the $3,000 range.’
    • ‘The gallery has exhibited its work in Hong Kong, as well as Art Miami, Art San Francisco and Art Chicago and dually services overseas clients.’
    • ‘Like many of the artists whose works were exhibited at the fair, Lux's photographs blur the boundary between reality and artificiality.’
    • ‘The hall gallery exhibits the work of local artists on a rotating basis; a newly-implemented program allows homes and businesses to buy works of art on display or lease them for up to a year.’
    • ‘The works he brought out of Russia were exhibited at various venues in Europe and the USA.’
    • ‘It started life in 1929 as a casino and art gallery, exhibiting the works of such famous names as Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and Léger.’
    • ‘Recently we exhibited for your viewing pleasure selections of photographs from the 1951 York Festival.’
    • ‘Quite a few bars also have their own galleries exhibiting the work of local artists.’
    • ‘His drawings, prints and paintings have been exhibited in galleries all around the country.’
    • ‘A representative sample of this spectacular art collection is exhibited on three floors in 43 galleries, some of which are graced by exquisite stucco ceilings.’
    • ‘In October, 1997, the young artist had already had one well-received show at the Portland Gallery, which exhibits Vettriano's work.’
    • ‘Her paintings have been exhibited widely in India and abroad and she has had several books of poetry published.’
    • ‘His early work was exhibited by art galleries where the owners supported him with money before he became well known.’
    • ‘His pioneering artistic signature has placed him at the vanguard of the burgeoning digital art revolution, with galleries nationwide exhibiting his work.’
    • ‘Following Mr Binks' death, some of his work was exhibited at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston.’
    • ‘His work is also exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections worldwide.’
    1. 1.1[no object](of an artist) display one's work to the public in an art gallery or museum.
      ‘she was invited to exhibit at several French museums’
      • ‘Many of the artists have exhibited in Ireland and throughout the world.’
      • ‘And he is currently exhibiting for the first time in Manhattan, at White Box [through Feb.22].’
      • ‘She is one of the artists exhibiting, she works in bronze, ceramic and in this exhibition, her first at the Appleloft, she has large drawings of the human figure, full size body casts and bronze sculpture.’
      • ‘During this period he exhibited widely in many group exhibitions and has several successful solo shows.’
      • ‘Visitors are also asked to vote for their favourite artist exhibiting at the show, and could win an original painting.’
      • ‘I exhibited regularly in local exhibitions and competitions and won numerous awards, ' Wendy explained.’
      • ‘But when she heard that the artist was exhibiting on Merrion Square in Dublin on a recent Sunday, she made her way there in earnest.’
      • ‘Life's a beach for a group of Irish artists exhibiting in Dublin Castle this month.’
      • ‘A different artist will exhibit in The Gallery each month.’
      • ‘Over the years, each of these artists has exhibited separately, showing works that deal in varying ways with the confluence of biology, technology and art.’
      • ‘This year 54 artists were invited to exhibit and thanks to sponsorship, and the volunteers, all who sell works get to keep every penny of sales receipts.’
      • ‘He found relaxation in painting, and exhibited in the local annual art exhibitions.’
      • ‘What are the chances of the same shows being reviewed when so many artists exhibit in Toronto?’
      • ‘Doug Roseaman of Wiltshire Heritage Museum is hoping to organise a visual arts festival in September when artists will exhibit in venues not usually connected with artistic endeavour.’
      • ‘As of mid-October, 24 exhibitors had signed up to exhibit at the show.’
      • ‘Diane Samuels has exhibited widely in galleries since 1981, and has worked extensively with European institutions.’
      • ‘Gertie Lawler who has just returned from abroad and was exhibiting for the first time.’
      • ‘A number of painters will be exhibiting at the fair in a specially dedicated area.’
      • ‘The paintings will not be sold, but will remain part of his personal collection and loaned to museums which frequently invite him to exhibit, the artist said.’
      • ‘The Salon des Independants had no jury and admission procedure and every artist could exhibit for a fee.’
      put on display, put on show, display, show, show to the public, put on public view, present, unveil, model, parade, showcase
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    2. 1.2Publicly display the work of (an artist) in an art gallery or museum.
      ‘no foreign painters were exhibited’
      • ‘But perhaps artist Tom Fowler, exhibited by San Francisco gallery Dolby Chadwick at artLA, should have the final word.’
      • ‘The project was undertaken by invited artist Mary Kelly, a widely exhibited Irish artist who is well versed in contemporary arts practice.’
      • ‘She is also completing a PhD and is a much exhibited photo-media artist.’
      • ‘Epstein, an internationally exhibited photographer with half a dozen previous books to his credit, is a prodigal son.’
      • ‘The jury gave out its awards on Friday, and the Golden Lion for an artist exhibited in the International Exhibitions went to Thomas Schütte of Germany.’
      • ‘The major exception is Tracey Moffatt, Australia's best-known and most widely exhibited artist, who lives and works both in Sydney and New York.’
      • ‘The W.A.C Bennett Gallery is exhibiting another talented artist.’
      • ‘Non-indigenous painters are exhibited primarily in the capital city; these include many foreign artists as well as Guatemalans.’
      • ‘Since returning to Beijing in 1997 after a decade-long stay in New York, Lin Tianmiao has become one of China's most widely exhibited installation artists.’
      • ‘Like many of the most widely exhibited contemporary artists, he has joined the ranks of the art-world nomads for whom the idea of home is largely theoretical.’
      • ‘Will developers put real money into programs nurturing and exhibiting local artists as well as supporting the stimulation that artists from elsewhere bring?’
      • ‘Turner must be, by my reckoning, the most frequently exhibited artist of all time. I have five shelves just of his catalogues.’
      • ‘The artists exhibited may never have been to America, nor have had any direct experience with it.’
      • ‘Over the years we have exhibited countless artists and supported numerous exchange projects and live events.’
      • ‘Bill Henson is one of the best known and most widely exhibited artists in Australia.’
      • ‘Today the gallery holds eight standard exhibitions a year, exhibiting artists from around the country.’
      • ‘Xu Jiang, a widely exhibited painter who is president of the China Academy of Art and vice chairman of the Chinese Artists Association, serves as head curator.’
      • ‘That was a project undertaken by Sandy Plotnikoff, one of the six Canadian artists currently exhibited at the Taikang Art Museum.’
      • ‘You could argue that he was a brave gallerist, exhibiting artists that other galleries were too afraid to exhibit themselves, but then again maybe not.’
      • ‘The above mentioned artists have all been exhibited in Shanghai before.’
  • 2Manifest clearly (a quality or a type of behaviour)

    ‘he could exhibit a saintlike submissiveness’
    • ‘According to this view, computers might come to exhibit emotional behaviour, but they will never have that subjective feeling that constitutes the essence of true emotion.’
    • ‘We condemn in no uncertain terms the violent behaviour exhibited by the remandees but at the same time, we believe a solution can easily be found.’
    • ‘Different species also exhibit different patterns of activity over the course of a year.’
    • ‘Members of plant species typically exhibit genetic variation in resistance and susceptibility to a particular disease.’
    • ‘However, samples from a small number of sites exhibited unusual behaviour and these are commented upon in the outcrop discussions below.’
    • ‘The previous speaker exhibited what a short memory he has.’
    • ‘At times, Coughlin has exhibited what might be interpreted as delusions of grandeur.’
    • ‘When they are shifted to open enclosures, where the natural habitat is replicated and where they can move freely, wild animals exhibit their natural behaviour, he says.’
    • ‘It seems less likely that weak-culture firms will be able to exhibit behavioral consistency over time.’
    • ‘They are more likely than others to exhibit aggressive behaviour, according to a report from Statistics Canada.’
    • ‘New varieties are usually marked as such in seed catalogues, and those that have exhibited superior qualities to win awards are also noted.’
    • ‘At least when I'm listening to the music playing loudly in my right ear I'm not actually exhibiting any strange behaviour as a result.’
    • ‘In aquariums, where a clownfish has been introduced to a new host, it has been observed that the fish exhibits behaviour consistent with being stung.’
    • ‘Police cited examples of criminal behaviour exhibited by bar patrons over the past two years, ranging from impaired driving to shootings in the parking lot.’
    • ‘Why is it possible for our governments to exhibit what I describe as psychotic detachment?’
    • ‘She said most pupils were well behaved, but ‘there were some serious issues around individual children exhibiting poor behaviour’.’
    • ‘A tired student only exhibits this behaviour when they see coffee.’
    • ‘Further, animals often exhibit behaviors in laboratory situations that they might not in the wild.’
    • ‘Trained manpower is needed in debt recovery or else you end up losing business through uncouth behaviour exhibited by some hotheads.’
    • ‘He exhibits qualities that probably make him a loyal friend and certainly endearing company.’
    • ‘However, since most ratio variables exhibit this quality in the social sciences, they are not being distinguished here.’
    show, reveal, display, manifest, evince, betray, give away, disclose
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    1. 2.1Show as a sign or symptom.
      ‘patients with alcoholic liver disease exhibit many biochemical abnormalities’
      • ‘On rare occasions, patients exhibit signs of anesthetic toxicity, including flushing, hives, chest or abdominal discomfort, and nausea.’
      • ‘Some chronic users become addicted and exhibit severe withdrawal symptoms that require detoxification.’
      • ‘The nurse notifies the surgeon if the patient exhibits neurological deficits, bleeding, or impaired respiratory function or is in acute distress.’
      • ‘In the white clay group one skin site and two bone sites exhibited signs of infection with development of granulation tissue.’
      • ‘Some patients, especially young children, may exhibit signs and symptoms of respiratory distress that are indistinguishable from those of an acute asthma attack.’
      • ‘However, hospitalization is indicated for patients who are exhibiting signs of sepsis, who are vomiting and unable to stay hydrated, and who are having contractions.’
      • ‘Ninety-five percent of neonates with GBS-positive infections and signs of sepsis exhibit them in the first 24 hours of life.’
      • ‘If you don't exhibit signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia in your initial visit, you may be asked to fast overnight to cause hypoglycemic symptoms and allow your physician to make a diagnosis.’
      • ‘However, patients who have had a previous infection may exhibit symptoms in a matter of days if they are reinfected.’
      • ‘Even where local disease symptoms were exhibited, the plants appeared to mount a defence response and recover.’
      • ‘Most tick-caused infections are asymptomatic or exhibit non-specific symptoms such as fever, fatigue, chills, and anorexia.’
      • ‘This can explain why so many sleep apnea patients exhibit cardiovascular morbidity at the time of diagnosis.’
      • ‘Your child's doctor may test for SCID or other types of immune deficiency if your baby exhibits any of these signs within the first year of life.’
      • ‘People with sickle cell trait don't have sickle cell disease or exhibit any signs of the disorder, but they can pass the gene for the disease to their children.’
      • ‘Early prostate cancer often doesn't exhibit any symptoms so regular examinations are especially important.’
      • ‘However, nursing staff at the facility did not report that she had been exhibiting any signs of pain or discomfort or that she had any changes in behavior.’
      • ‘In many cases the plant exhibits symptoms similar to those seen during leaf senescence before cell death occurs.’
      • ‘But, in many cases, infants may never be brought to medical attention if they don't exhibit such severe symptoms.’
      • ‘In this case the patient's condition appeared to be improving but he continued to exhibit symptoms of delirium.’
      • ‘When the patient began bleeding from a gastric ulcer and exhibiting signs of hypovolemic shock, an exploratory laparotomy was performed.’


  • 1An object or collection of objects on public display in an art gallery or museum or at a trade fair.

    ‘the museum is rich in exhibits’
    • ‘There is a rich collection of exhibits in this show - some of which are very special indeed.’
    • ‘Many gallery owners agree that the challenges involved with coordinating and promoting gallery shows with museum exhibits are well worth the benefits.’
    • ‘Developing the site enables people worldwide to access the collection and exhibits of the museums within the quadrangle.’
    • ‘It wanted to explore improving just part of the museum and the possibility of mothballing the collection of exhibits.’
    • ‘The museum also boasts fascinating collections of natural history exhibits and items of more recent history, including the famous Bishops Cannings drum.’
    • ‘In addition to its displays and exhibits, the museum plans to offer monthly seminars and classes.’
    • ‘As well as collecting £400,000 to buy the ship, Mr Waite is hoping to raise more than £1m to refit the ship as a museum and pay for exhibits and displays.’
    • ‘Schoolchildren will learn more about historical collections and exhibits at Bradford's Council-owned museums if a national recruitment drive pays off.’
    • ‘The museum has two indoor galleries housing various small exhibits, models, photographs and charts highlighting the growth and development of the Indian Railways.’
    • ‘He also serves as an advisor and consultant to museums that feature exhibits about baseball and other sports.’
    • ‘She said when the museum went up for sale in June letters went out to all those who had donated exhibits at the museum to collect them.’
    • ‘For a taste of the treasures check out the museum's web site where 50 exhibits are on display.’
    • ‘Some of Europe's best art museums offer continuous virtual exhibits alongside very comprehensive visual databases of their art collections.’
    • ‘The Edwardian fire is one of the exhibits in the Hearth Gallery at the museum, tracing the history of domestic heating and cooking.’
    • ‘The Duchess saw work in the floristry workshops, animal centre and walled gardens before viewing exhibits at Lackham's museum of agriculture and rural life.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, 30 exhibits from the main gallery, irreplaceable pieces, are still missing from the museum.’
    • ‘The museum has videos of archive footage, hands-on exhibits and displays, as well as famous locomotives and GWR memorabilia.’
    • ‘Within the last decade, we have seen the rise of new art galleries and performance spaces, of museum exhibits, new film projects, ongoing play readings and much more.’
    • ‘For history buffs, nearly every community in the province has its own collection of historical exhibits displayed in tiny museums.’
    • ‘One of Australia's best animal-based theme parks, it has a commitment to research and conservation to match a collection of stunning marine displays and exhibits.’
    object on display, item, piece
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    1. 1.1North American An exhibition.
      ‘people flocked to the exhibit in record-breaking numbers’
      • ‘How can you trust someone so narrow-minded that he will fight to end public funding for art exhibits he disagrees with, but expects taxpayers to foot the legal bill for his own idiotic blunder?’
      • ‘Families can visit countless museums, galleries and exhibits, dine in the finest restaurants and explore life in space!’
      • ‘The exhibit presents the animals as fellow beings we are close to and responsible for, not as exotic curiosities for us to exploit.’
      • ‘On his way to present a photo exhibit in Seattle, Christopher Doyle shared a few words with REVERSE SHOT.’
      • ‘Importantly, the exhibit presented the progress made by African Americans in terms defined by the dominant white culture.’
      • ‘While far less inflammatory than suggested by the resultant outcry, the exhibit's attempt to present multiple perspectives on the bombing was ill-timed.’
      • ‘Some people go to museums to enjoy temporary exhibits and permanent collections, while others go to meet people and museum staff.’
      • ‘In development are more exhibits and public displays featuring the past 50 years in Menlo Park.’
      • ‘It was on display in Washington, DC's City Museum until the exhibit was abruptly shut down recently.’
      • ‘The exhibit demonstrates the real-world challenges of achieving routine travel beyond Earth orbit, and portrays what space travel may be like in 2040.’
      • ‘University of Nevada archaeologists hope to establish a lecture series as well as traveling exhibits to showcase the artifacts.’
      • ‘Of over 100 submissions that were received, 54 artists are showcased in the exhibit.’
      • ‘The firm helps clients develop special retail merchandising events, for instance, as well as trade fair exhibits and trend forums.’
      • ‘Consequently, attending a trade or display exhibit or inservice program is a method of learning about new technologies and developments in existing technologies.’
      • ‘For example, family members may use their knowledge of community diversity by taking their children to museum exhibits or neighborhood fairs.’
      • ‘The exhibit presented one hundred black women who changed America.’
      show, showing, presentation, demonstration, showcase, mounting, spectacle
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    2. 1.2Law A document or other object produced in a court as evidence.
      ‘many exhibits, including the cockpit voice recordings, will be produced in court’
      • ‘In December 2001 I filed evidence supported by three exhibits in the Court of Appeal registry, which establishes he pursued litigation for ulterior purposes.’
      • ‘The agreement in question was not an exhibit to the affidavit filed by the Bank in support of this motion.’
      • ‘The affidavit with appended exhibits was not served on the company until after the commencement of Mr. Hayer's cross-examination.’
      • ‘The plaintiff testified under oath and a number of documents were marked as exhibits (including the written acknowledgment of debt relied on in the statement of claim).’
      • ‘There is a two-page affidavit, your Honour, which does refer to exhibits to the document.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘submit for consideration’, also ‘present a document as evidence in court’): from Latin exhibit- held out, from the verb exhibere, from ex- out + habere hold.