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An exhibit is an item that is shown off for the public, such as a painting on display at a gallery or a historical document shown under glass at a museum.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

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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    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
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    show
    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
    curate
    select and present content or information
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    show
    make visible or noticeable
  3. verb
    show an attribute, property, knowledge, or skill
    “he exhibits a great talent”
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    phosphoresce
    to exhibit phosphorescence
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    possess
    have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill
  4. noun
    something shown to the public
    “the museum had many exhibits of oriental art”
    synonyms: display, showing
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    parade
    a visible display
    light show
    a display of colored lights moving in shifting patterns
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    show
    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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    evidence
    (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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    walk
    make walk
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