1 verb
1 (I, T) to put something in a public place so that people can go to see it: David's going to exhibit his roses at the flower show.
2 (T) formal to show a particular quality, emotion, or ability so that people notice it easily: Moira's exhibiting classic signs of depression.
3 (T) formal to show someone something: He rolled up his trouser leg to exhibit his wounded knee.
2 noun (C)
1 something, for example a painting, that you put in a public place so that people can go to see it: Many exhibits were donated by local millionaire John Severi.
2 an object, piece of clothing etc that is used in a court of law to prove that someone is guilty or not guilty: Exhibit A is the blood-stained hammer found next to the victim's body.
3 an exhibition (1): a big exhibit in Milan
exhibition /"eksi'bISn/ noun
1 (C) a public show where you put things so that people can go to see them
(+ of): an exhibition of black and white photographs
2 (U) the act of showing something such as a painting in a public place
(+ of): She never agreed to the public exhibition of her sculptures while she was still alive. | on exhibition also on exhibit (=being shown): A collection of paintings by David Hockney is on exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
3 an exhibition of rudeness/jealousy/temper etc very rude, embarrassing, or offensive behaviour: I've never seen such an exhibition of jealousy in my entire life.
4 make an exhibition of yourself behave in a silly or embarrassing way: Sam made a real exhibition of himself, getting drunk and then taking all his clothes off.
5 (C) BrE a small amount of money given as a prize to a student: Michael won an exhibition at Cambridge.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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