exhibit

An exhibit is an item that is shown off for the public, such as a painting on display at a gallery or a historical document shown under glass at a museum.

The main thing to remember about an exhibit is that it refers to something presented formally and in a public setting. For example, if you put an action figure on a side table in your apartment and your friends come by and notice it, well, it’s just an action figure on a side table. Put that same action figure on a pedestal in a fancy gallery, arrange it just so, and voilà! It’s an exhibit. People may even look it over and discuss its meaning in hushed tones. Students of law — or people who watch a lot of TV — will know that when used in a legal context, the word exhibit can also refer to an item presented as evidence in a legal court.

Primary Meanings of exhibit

1.
vn
show; make visible or apparent
something shown to the public
2.
n
an object or statement produced before a court of law and referred to while giving evidence
3.
v
walk ostentatiously
Full Definitions of exhibit
1

v show; make visible or apparent

“The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month”
Synonyms:
display, expose
Types:
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open
display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
bring forth, produce
bring out for display
hold up
hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration
bench
exhibit on a bench
moon
expose one's buttocks to
flash, flaunt, ostentate, show off, swank
display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
brandish
exhibit aggressively
model
display (clothes) as a mannequin
model, pose, posture, sit
assume a posture as for artistic purposes
gibbet, pillory
expose to ridicule or public scorn
turn on
produce suddenly or automatically
flex
exhibit the strength of
splurge
be showy or ostentatious
ramp
be rampant
Type of:
show
make visible or noticeable

v give an exhibition of to an interested audience

Synonyms:
demo, demonstrate, present, show
Types:
bring home
make understandable and clear
Type of:
show
make visible or noticeable

v show an attribute, property, knowledge, or skill

“he exhibits a great talent”
Types:
phosphoresce
to exhibit phosphorescence
Type of:
possess
have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill

n something shown to the public

“the museum had many exhibits of oriental art”
Synonyms:
display, showing
Types:
parade
a visible display
light show
a display of colored lights moving in shifting patterns
Type of:
show
the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
2

n an object or statement produced before a court of law and referred to while giving evidence

Type of:
evidence
(law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
3

v walk ostentatiously

Synonyms:
march, parade
Type of:
walk
make walk

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