Definition of exhibit in English:



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  • 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’
    • ‘San Francisco's Bucheon Gallery exhibits Miller's work, which is priced in the $3,000 range.’
    • ‘The selected work was exhibited in the gallery at the Organization of American States headquarters in April 1965.’
    • ‘His work is also exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections worldwide.’
    • ‘Selected works will be exhibited at two venues in Sligo Town.’
    • ‘Quite a few bars also have their own galleries exhibiting the work of local artists.’
    • ‘Her paintings have been exhibited widely in India and abroad and she has had several books of poetry published.’
    • ‘His pioneering artistic signature has placed him at the vanguard of the burgeoning digital art revolution, with galleries nationwide exhibiting his work.’
    • ‘In October, 1997, the young artist had already had one well-received show at the Portland Gallery, which exhibits Vettriano's work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like many of the artists whose works were exhibited at the fair, Lux's photographs blur the boundary between reality and artificiality.’
    • ‘His early work was exhibited by art galleries where the owners supported him with money before he became well known.’
    • ‘Recently we exhibited for your viewing pleasure selections of photographs from the 1951 York Festival.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It started life in 1929 as a casino and art gallery, exhibiting the works of such famous names as Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and Léger.’
    • ‘Following Mr Binks' death, some of his work was exhibited at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston.’
    • ‘The works he brought out of Russia were exhibited at various venues in Europe and the USA.’
    • ‘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.’
    show, put on show, put on view, expose to view, present, unveil, set forth
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    1. 1.1no 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’
      • ‘A different artist will exhibit in The Gallery each month.’
      • ‘What are the chances of the same shows being reviewed when so many artists exhibit in Toronto?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many of the artists have exhibited in Ireland and throughout the world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘During this period he exhibited widely in many group exhibitions and has several successful solo shows.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And he is currently exhibiting for the first time in Manhattan, at White Box [through Feb.22].’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Diane Samuels has exhibited widely in galleries since 1981, and has worked extensively with European institutions.’
      • ‘A number of painters will be exhibiting at the fair in a specially dedicated area.’
      • ‘As of mid-October, 24 exhibitors had signed up to exhibit at the show.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He found relaxation in painting, and exhibited in the local annual art exhibitions.’
      • ‘Gertie Lawler who has just returned from abroad and was exhibiting for the first time.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Non-indigenous painters are exhibited primarily in the capital city; these include many foreign artists as well as Guatemalans.’
      • ‘Epstein, an internationally exhibited photographer with half a dozen previous books to his credit, is a prodigal son.’
      • ‘The above mentioned artists have all been exhibited in Shanghai before.’
      • ‘Turner must be, by my reckoning, the most frequently exhibited artist of all time. I have five shelves just of his catalogues.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But perhaps artist Tom Fowler, exhibited by San Francisco gallery Dolby Chadwick at artLA, should have the final word.’
      • ‘The W.A.C Bennett Gallery is exhibiting another talented artist.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The artists exhibited may never have been to America, nor have had any direct experience with it.’
      • ‘She is also completing a PhD and is a much exhibited photo-media artist.’
      • ‘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 project was undertaken by invited artist Mary Kelly, a widely exhibited Irish artist who is well versed in contemporary arts practice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Manifest clearly (a quality or a type of behaviour)

    ‘he could exhibit a saintlike submissiveness’
    • ‘Different species also exhibit different patterns of activity over the course of a year.’
    • ‘It seems less likely that weak-culture firms will be able to exhibit behavioral consistency over time.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘They are more likely than others to exhibit aggressive behaviour, according to a report from Statistics Canada.’
    • ‘At times, Coughlin has exhibited what might be interpreted as delusions of grandeur.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The previous speaker exhibited what a short memory he has.’
    • ‘He exhibits qualities that probably make him a loyal friend and certainly endearing company.’
    • ‘Trained manpower is needed in debt recovery or else you end up losing business through uncouth behaviour exhibited by some hotheads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘New varieties are usually marked as such in seed catalogues, and those that have exhibited superior qualities to win awards are also noted.’
    • ‘Further, animals often exhibit behaviors in laboratory situations that they might not in the wild.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A tired student only exhibits this behaviour when they see coffee.’
    • ‘She said most pupils were well behaved, but ‘there were some serious issues around individual children exhibiting poor behaviour’.’
    • ‘However, samples from a small number of sites exhibited unusual behaviour and these are commented upon in the outcrop discussions below.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Members of plant species typically exhibit genetic variation in resistance and susceptibility to a particular disease.’
    • ‘However, since most ratio variables exhibit this quality in the social sciences, they are not being distinguished here.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘But, in many cases, infants may never be brought to medical attention if they don't exhibit such severe symptoms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When the patient began bleeding from a gastric ulcer and exhibiting signs of hypovolemic shock, an exploratory laparotomy was performed.’
      • ‘In many cases the plant exhibits symptoms similar to those seen during leaf senescence before cell death occurs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some patients, especially young children, may exhibit signs and symptoms of respiratory distress that are indistinguishable from those of an acute asthma attack.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The nurse notifies the surgeon if the patient exhibits neurological deficits, bleeding, or impaired respiratory function or is in acute distress.’
      • ‘Some chronic users become addicted and exhibit severe withdrawal symptoms that require detoxification.’
      • ‘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, patients who have had a previous infection may exhibit symptoms in a matter of days if they are reinfected.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This can explain why so many sleep apnea patients exhibit cardiovascular morbidity at the time of diagnosis.’


  • 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’
    • ‘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 also boasts fascinating collections of natural history exhibits and items of more recent history, including the famous Bishops Cannings drum.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 a taste of the treasures check out the museum's web site where 50 exhibits are on display.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Developing the site enables people worldwide to access the collection and exhibits of the museums within the quadrangle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a rich collection of exhibits in this show - some of which are very special indeed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of Europe's best art museums offer continuous virtual exhibits alongside very comprehensive visual databases of their art collections.’
    • ‘It wanted to explore improving just part of the museum and the possibility of mothballing the collection of exhibits.’
    • ‘The museum has videos of archive footage, hands-on exhibits and displays, as well as famous locomotives and GWR memorabilia.’
    • ‘The Edwardian fire is one of the exhibits in the Hearth Gallery at the museum, tracing the history of domestic heating and cooking.’
    • ‘For history buffs, nearly every community in the province has its own collection of historical exhibits displayed in tiny museums.’
    • ‘Many gallery owners agree that the challenges involved with coordinating and promoting gallery shows with museum exhibits are well worth the benefits.’
    • ‘Schoolchildren will learn more about historical collections and exhibits at Bradford's Council-owned museums if a national recruitment drive pays off.’
    • ‘He also serves as an advisor and consultant to museums that feature exhibits about baseball and other sports.’
    object on display, item, piece
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    1. 1.1North American An exhibition.
      ‘people flocked to the exhibit in record-breaking numbers’
      • ‘The exhibit demonstrates the real-world challenges of achieving routine travel beyond Earth orbit, and portrays what space travel may be like in 2040.’
      • ‘Consequently, attending a trade or display exhibit or inservice program is a method of learning about new technologies and developments in existing technologies.’
      • ‘The firm helps clients develop special retail merchandising events, for instance, as well as trade fair exhibits and trend forums.’
      • ‘The exhibit presented one hundred black women who changed America.’
      • ‘University of Nevada archaeologists hope to establish a lecture series as well as traveling exhibits to showcase the artifacts.’
      • ‘The exhibit presents the animals as fellow beings we are close to and responsible for, not as exotic curiosities for us to exploit.’
      • ‘For example, family members may use their knowledge of community diversity by taking their children to museum exhibits or neighborhood fairs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of over 100 submissions that were received, 54 artists are showcased in the exhibit.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘It was on display in Washington, DC's City Museum until the exhibit was abruptly shut down recently.’
      • ‘In development are more exhibits and public displays featuring the past 50 years in Menlo Park.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Families can visit countless museums, galleries and exhibits, dine in the finest restaurants and explore life in space!’
      exhibition, display, public display, 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’
      • ‘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 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).’


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’.