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’
    • ‘Recently we exhibited for your viewing pleasure selections of photographs from the 1951 York Festival.’
    • ‘Her paintings have been exhibited widely in India and abroad and she has had several books of poetry published.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His early work was exhibited by art galleries where the owners supported him with money before he became well known.’
    • ‘His drawings, prints and paintings have been exhibited in galleries all around the country.’
    • ‘The British Museum exhibits the works of man from primitive to modern times with a collection from all around the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘San Francisco's Bucheon Gallery exhibits Miller's work, which is priced in the $3,000 range.’
    • ‘His pioneering artistic signature has placed him at the vanguard of the burgeoning digital art revolution, with galleries nationwide exhibiting his work.’
    • ‘Like many of the artists whose works were exhibited at the fair, Lux's photographs blur the boundary between reality and artificiality.’
    • ‘It started life in 1929 as a casino and art gallery, exhibiting the works of such famous names as Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and Léger.’
    • ‘In October, 1997, the young artist had already had one well-received show at the Portland Gallery, which exhibits Vettriano's work.’
    • ‘Selected works will be exhibited at two venues in Sligo Town.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Quite a few bars also have their own galleries exhibiting the work of local artists.’
    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’
      • ‘Diane Samuels has exhibited widely in galleries since 1981, and has worked extensively with European institutions.’
      • ‘I exhibited regularly in local exhibitions and competitions and won numerous awards, ' Wendy explained.’
      • ‘Gertie Lawler who has just returned from abroad and was exhibiting for the first time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many of the artists have exhibited in Ireland and throughout the world.’
      • ‘During this period he exhibited widely in many group exhibitions and has several successful solo shows.’
      • ‘He found relaxation in painting, and exhibited in the local annual art exhibitions.’
      • ‘And he is currently exhibiting for the first time in Manhattan, at White Box [through Feb.22].’
      • ‘A different artist will exhibit in The Gallery each month.’
      • ‘Life's a beach for a group of Irish artists exhibiting in Dublin Castle this month.’
      • ‘As of mid-October, 24 exhibitors had signed up to exhibit at the show.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Visitors are also asked to vote for their favourite artist exhibiting at the show, and could win an original painting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A number of painters will be exhibiting at the fair in a specially dedicated area.’
      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. 1.2 Publicly display the work of (an artist) in an art gallery or museum:
      ‘no foreign painters were exhibited’
      • ‘The W.A.C Bennett Gallery is exhibiting another talented artist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Turner must be, by my reckoning, the most frequently exhibited artist of all time. I have five shelves just of his catalogues.’
      • ‘But perhaps artist Tom Fowler, exhibited by San Francisco gallery Dolby Chadwick at artLA, should have the final word.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bill Henson is one of the best known and most widely exhibited artists in Australia.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The above mentioned artists have all been exhibited in Shanghai before.’
      • ‘The artists exhibited may never have been to America, nor have had any direct experience with it.’
      • ‘The project was undertaken by invited artist Mary Kelly, a widely exhibited Irish artist who is well versed in contemporary arts practice.’
      • ‘Over the years we have exhibited countless artists and supported numerous exchange projects and live events.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Non-indigenous painters are exhibited primarily in the capital city; these include many foreign artists as well as Guatemalans.’
      • ‘That was a project undertaken by Sandy Plotnikoff, one of the six Canadian artists currently exhibited at the Taikang Art Museum.’
      • ‘Epstein, an internationally exhibited photographer with half a dozen previous books to his credit, is a prodigal son.’
      • ‘Today the gallery holds eight standard exhibitions a year, exhibiting artists from around the country.’
      • ‘Will developers put real money into programs nurturing and exhibiting local artists as well as supporting the stimulation that artists from elsewhere bring?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She is also completing a PhD and is a much exhibited photo-media artist.’
  • 2Manifest clearly (a quality or a type of behaviour):

    ‘he could exhibit a saintlike submissiveness’
    • ‘Members of plant species typically exhibit genetic variation in resistance and susceptibility to a particular disease.’
    • ‘It seems less likely that weak-culture firms will be able to exhibit behavioral consistency over time.’
    • ‘A tired student only exhibits this behaviour when they see coffee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He exhibits qualities that probably make him a loyal friend and certainly endearing company.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Different species also exhibit different patterns of activity over the course of a year.’
    • ‘Trained manpower is needed in debt recovery or else you end up losing business through uncouth behaviour exhibited by some hotheads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Why is it possible for our governments to exhibit what I describe as psychotic detachment?’
    • ‘However, since most ratio variables exhibit this quality in the social sciences, they are not being distinguished here.’
    • ‘They are more likely than others to exhibit aggressive behaviour, according to a report from Statistics Canada.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said most pupils were well behaved, but ‘there were some serious issues around individual children exhibiting poor behaviour’.’
    • ‘Further, animals often exhibit behaviors in laboratory situations that they might not in the wild.’
    • ‘However, samples from a small number of sites exhibited unusual behaviour and these are commented upon in the outcrop discussions below.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New varieties are usually marked as such in seed catalogues, and those that have exhibited superior qualities to win awards are also noted.’
    • ‘The previous speaker exhibited what a short memory he has.’
    • ‘At times, Coughlin has exhibited what might be interpreted as delusions of grandeur.’
    show, reveal, display, manifest, evince, betray, give away, disclose
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    1. 2.1 Show as a sign or symptom:
      ‘patients with alcoholic liver disease exhibit many biochemical abnormalities’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ninety-five percent of neonates with GBS-positive infections and signs of sepsis exhibit them in the first 24 hours of life.’
      • ‘Early prostate cancer often doesn't exhibit any symptoms so regular examinations are especially important.’
      • ‘On rare occasions, patients exhibit signs of anesthetic toxicity, including flushing, hives, chest or abdominal discomfort, and nausea.’
      • ‘When the patient began bleeding from a gastric ulcer and exhibiting signs of hypovolemic shock, an exploratory laparotomy was performed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This can explain why so many sleep apnea patients exhibit cardiovascular morbidity at the time of diagnosis.’
      • ‘However, patients who have had a previous infection may exhibit symptoms in a matter of days if they are reinfected.’
      • ‘Some patients, especially young children, may exhibit signs and symptoms of respiratory distress that are indistinguishable from those of an acute asthma attack.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most tick-caused infections are asymptomatic or exhibit non-specific symptoms such as fever, fatigue, chills, and anorexia.’
      • ‘In the white clay group one skin site and two bone sites exhibited signs of infection with development of granulation tissue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The nurse notifies the surgeon if the patient exhibits neurological deficits, bleeding, or impaired respiratory function or is in acute distress.’
      • ‘In this case the patient's condition appeared to be improving but he continued to exhibit symptoms of delirium.’
      • ‘Even where local disease symptoms were exhibited, the plants appeared to mount a defence response and recover.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some chronic users become addicted and exhibit severe withdrawal symptoms that require detoxification.’


  • 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’
    • ‘Many gallery owners agree that the challenges involved with coordinating and promoting gallery shows with museum exhibits are well worth the benefits.’
    • ‘The museum has videos of archive footage, hands-on exhibits and displays, as well as famous locomotives and GWR memorabilia.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, 30 exhibits from the main gallery, irreplaceable pieces, are still missing from the museum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a rich collection of exhibits in this show - some of which are very special indeed.’
    • ‘It wanted to explore improving just part of the museum and the possibility of mothballing the collection of exhibits.’
    • ‘For a taste of the treasures check out the museum's web site where 50 exhibits are on display.’
    • ‘Schoolchildren will learn more about historical collections and exhibits at Bradford's Council-owned museums if a national recruitment drive pays off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The museum also boasts fascinating collections of natural history exhibits and items of more recent history, including the famous Bishops Cannings drum.’
    • ‘For history buffs, nearly every community in the province has its own collection of historical exhibits displayed in tiny museums.’
    • ‘The Edwardian fire is one of the exhibits in the Hearth Gallery at the museum, tracing the history of domestic heating and cooking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The museum has two indoor galleries housing various small exhibits, models, photographs and charts highlighting the growth and development of the Indian Railways.’
    • ‘In addition to its displays and exhibits, the museum plans to offer monthly seminars and classes.’
    • ‘Some of Europe's best art museums offer continuous virtual exhibits alongside very comprehensive visual databases of their art collections.’
    • ‘He also serves as an advisor and consultant to museums that feature exhibits about baseball and other sports.’
    • ‘Developing the site enables people worldwide to access the collection and exhibits of the museums within the quadrangle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘Families can visit countless museums, galleries and exhibits, dine in the finest restaurants and explore life in space!’
      • ‘In development are more exhibits and public displays featuring the past 50 years in Menlo Park.’
      • ‘The exhibit presented one hundred black women who changed America.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Importantly, the exhibit presented the progress made by African Americans in terms defined by the dominant white culture.’
      • ‘Of over 100 submissions that were received, 54 artists are showcased in the exhibit.’
      • ‘It was on display in Washington, DC's City Museum until the exhibit was abruptly shut down recently.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘On his way to present a photo exhibit in Seattle, Christopher Doyle shared a few words with REVERSE SHOT.’
      • ‘For example, family members may use their knowledge of community diversity by taking their children to museum exhibits or neighborhood fairs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The exhibit presents the animals as fellow beings we are close to and responsible for, not as exotic curiosities for us to exploit.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 affidavit with appended exhibits was not served on the company until after the commencement of Mr. Hayer's cross-examination.’
      • ‘The agreement in question was not an exhibit to the affidavit filed by the Bank in support of this motion.’


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.