Meaning of “exhibit” in the English Dictionary

"exhibit" in British English

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exhibitverb [ I or T ]

uk /ɪɡˈzɪb.ɪt/ us /ɪɡˈzɪb.ɪt/

C1 to show something publicly:

He frequently exhibits at the art gallery.
In the summer the academy will exhibit several prints that are rarely seen.

More examples

  • Most zoos try to exhibit animals in naturalistic settings.
  • The crown, decorated with diamonds and other precious stones, was exhibited in a special case.
  • The new wing of the museum had to be large enough to exhibit several huge dinosaur skeletons.
  • We have exhibited many of his works at our gallery in recent years.
  • One member of our pottery class is now exhibiting and selling her ceramics very successfully.

exhibitnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪɡˈzɪb.ɪt/ us /ɪɡˈzɪb.ɪt/

C1 an object that is shown to the public in a museum, etc.:

The museum has a fascinating collection of exhibits ranging from Iron Age pottery to Inuit clothing.

C1 US UK exhibition a collection of objects that is shown to the public in a museum, etc.:

Let's go see the new dinosaur exhibit.

specialized law a thing used as evidence (= proof that something is true) in a trial:

Is exhibit C the weapon that you say was used?

(Definition of “exhibit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exhibit" in American English

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us /ɪɡˈzɪb·ət/

exhibit verb (SHOW AN OBJECT)

[ I/T ] to show something in public for competition, sale, or amusement:

[ T ] The gallery is exhibiting his paintings and watercolors.

exhibit verb (SHOW A QUALITY)

[ T ] to show something, esp. a quality, by your behavior:

He exhibited poor judgment.

exhibitnoun [ C ]

us /ɪɡˈzɪb·ət/

exhibit noun [ C ] (OBJECT SHOWN)

an object or a collection of things shown publicly for people to enjoy or learn about:

The museum’s exhibits range from Iron Age pottery to Eskimo clothing.

law An exhibit is an item used as evidence (= proof) in a trial.

(Definition of “exhibit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"exhibit" in Business English

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uk /ɪɡˈzɪbɪt/ us

[ I or T ] to show something publicly in a place such as museum or trade show:

She has exhibited her art all over the world.
exhibit at/in sth The £20,000 prize helped him to exhibit at the Paris Fashion Show.

[ T ] formal if someone or something exhibits a quality, they show that they have that quality:

Did he exhibit any leadership talents?

exhibitnoun [ C ]

uk /ɪɡˈzɪbɪt/ us

an object that is shown to the public in a place such as a museum or trade show:

art exhibits

LAW an object, photograph, etc. that is shown in a court because it gives information about a crime

(Definition of “exhibit” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)