An exhibit is an item that is shown off for the public, such as a painting on display at a gallery or a historical document shown under glass at a museum.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

Definitions of exhibit
  1. verb
    show; make visible or apparent
    “The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month”
    synonyms: display, expose
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    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
    exhibit on a bench
    expose one's buttocks to
    flash, flaunt, ostentate, show off, swank
    display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
    exhibit aggressively
    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
    exhibit the strength of
    be showy or ostentatious
    be rampant
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    make visible or noticeable
  2. verb
    give an exhibition of to an interested audience
    synonyms: demo, demonstrate, present, show
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    bring home
    make understandable and clear
    select and present content or information
    type of:
    make visible or noticeable
  3. verb
    show an attribute, property, knowledge, or skill
    “he exhibits a great talent”
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    to exhibit phosphorescence
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    have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill
  4. noun
    something shown to the public
    synonyms: display, showing
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    a visible display
    light show
    a display of colored lights moving in shifting patterns
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    the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
  5. noun
    an object or statement produced before a court of law and referred to while giving evidence
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    (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
  6. verb
    walk ostentatiously
    synonyms: march, parade
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    make walk
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