verb (used with object), exposed, exposing.
to lay open to danger, attack, harm, etc.: to expose soldiers to gunfire; to expose one's character to attack.
to lay open to something specified: to expose oneself to the influence of bad companions.
to uncover or bare to the air, cold, etc.: to expose one's head to the rain.
to present to view; exhibit; display: The storekeeper exposed his wares.
to make known, disclose, or reveal (intentions, secrets, etc.).
to reveal or unmask (a crime, fraud, impostor, etc.): to expose a swindler.
to hold up to public reprehension or ridicule (fault, folly, a foolish act or person, etc.).
to desert in an unsheltered or open place; abandon, as a child.
to subject, as to the action of something: to expose a photographic plate to light.
expose oneself, to exhibit one's body, especially one's genitals, publicly in an immodest or exhibitionistic manner.

1425–75; late Middle English exposen < Old French exposer, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + poser to put (see pose1), rendering Latin expōnere to put out, expose, set forth in words; see expound

exposable, adjective
exposability, noun
exposer, noun
self-exposing, adjective
unexposable, adjective

expose, exposé.

1. subject, endanger, imperil, jeopardize. 5. uncover, unveil, betray.

2. protect, shield. 5. conceal, hide, cover up.
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a public exposure or revelation, as of something discreditable: Certain cheap magazines make a fortune out of sensational exposés.

1795–1805; < French, noun use of past participle of exposer to expose

expose, exposé.
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expose (ɪkˈspəʊz)
1.  to display for viewing; exhibit
2.  to bring to public notice; disclose; reveal: to expose the facts
3.  to divulge the identity of; unmask
4.  (foll by to) to make subject or susceptible (to attack, criticism, etc)
5.  to abandon (a child, animal, etc) in the open to die
6.  (foll by to) to introduce (to) or acquaint (with): he was exposed to the classics at an early age
7.  photog to subject (a photographic film or plate) to light, X-rays, or some other type of actinic radiation
8.  RC Church to exhibit (the consecrated Eucharistic Host or a relic) for public veneration
9.  expose oneself to display one's sexual organs in public
[C15: from Old French exposer, from Latin expōnere to set out; see exponent]

exposé (ɛksˈpəʊzeɪ)
1.  the act or an instance of bringing a scandal, crime, etc, to public notice
2.  an article, book, or statement that discloses a scandal, crime, etc

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., "to leave without shelter or defense," from M.Fr. exposer "lay open, set forth," from L. exponere "set forth" (see expound), altered by confusion with poser "to place, lay down" (see pose). Related: Exposed; exposes; exposing.

also exposé, "display of discreditable information," 1803, initially as a French word; pp. of Fr. exposer (see expose (v.)). Earliest use was in reference to Napoleon.
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Example sentences
Find your second subject that you want to expose on top of the first photograph.
Faculty don't want to know, because it would expose the weakness of their
  teaching and take time from research.
If you want a silhouette, expose for the background.
US defense department has some explaining over why they expose their citizens
  to health risk.
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