exhibit vs showing what difference

what is difference between exhibit and showing



From Latin exhibitus, perfect passive participle of exhibeō (I hold forth, present, show, display), from ex (out of, from) + habeō (I have, hold); see habit.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪɡˈzɪbɪt/, /ɛɡ-/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪɡˈzɪbɪt/, /ɛɡ-/
  • Rhymes: -ɪbɪt
  • Hyphenation: ex‧hib‧it


exhibit (third-person singular simple present exhibits, present participle exhibiting, simple past and past participle exhibited)

  1. (transitive) To display or show (something) for others to see, especially at an exhibition or contest.
  2. (transitive) To demonstrate.
  3. (transitive, law) To submit (a physical object) to a court as evidence.
  4. (intransitive) To put on a public display.
  5. (medicine) To administer as a remedy.


  • (display or show (something) for others to see): display, show, show off
  • (demonstrate): demonstrate, show
  • (present for inspection):

Related terms

  • exhibition
  • exhibitionist
  • exhibitor
  • Exhibit A
  • inhibit
  • prohibit



exhibit (plural exhibits)

  1. An instance of exhibiting.
  2. That which is exhibited.
  3. A public showing; an exhibition.
    The museum’s new exhibit is drawing quite a crowd.
  4. (law) An article formally introduced as evidence in a court.
    Exhibit A is this photograph of the corpse.


  • (instance of exhibiting): showing
  • (public showing): exhibition, exposition, show


Further reading

  • exhibit in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • exhibit in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.



  • (Balearic, Central) IPA(key): /əɡ.ziˈbit/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /eɡ.ziˈbit/
  • Rhymes: -it


exhibit m (feminine exhibida, masculine plural exhibits, feminine plural exhibides)

  1. past participle of exhibir


Alternative forms

  • shewing (archaic)


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈʃəʊɪŋ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈʃoʊɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -əʊɪŋ

Etymology 1

From Middle English schewynge, schewand, schewande, schewende, from Old English sċēawiende, from Proto-West Germanic *skauwōndī, from Proto-Germanic *skawwōndz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *skawwōną (to look, observe), equivalent to show +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of show

Etymology 2

From Middle English schewyng, schewinge, from Old English sċēawung (a looking at, contemplation, consideration; respect, regard; survey, examination; a show, appearance, pretense), from Proto-West Germanic *skauwungu, from Proto-Germanic *skawwungō, equivalent to show +‎ -ing. Cognate with Dutch schouwing (inspection, survey), German Schauung (vision).


showing (plural showings)

  1. An occasion when something is shown.
    We went to the midnight showing of the new horror movie.
  2. A result, a judgement.
    He made a poor showing at his first time at bat.

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