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exposed

[ik-spohzd] /ɪkˈspoʊzd/
adjective
1.
left or being without shelter or protection:
The house stood on a windy, exposed cliff.
2.
laid open to view; unconcealed:
an exposed king of spades.
3.
susceptible to attack; vulnerable.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; expose + -ed2
Related forms
exposedness
[ik-spoh-zid-nis] /ɪkˈspoʊ zɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
half-exposed, adjective
quasi-exposed, adjective
self-exposed, adjective
semiexposed, adjective
unexposed, adjective
well-exposed, adjective

expose

[ik-spohz] /ɪkˈspoʊz/
verb (used with object), exposed, exposing.
1.
to lay open to danger, attack, harm, etc.:
to expose soldiers to gunfire; to expose one's character to attack.
2.
to lay open to something specified:
to expose oneself to the influence of bad companions.
3.
to uncover or bare to the air, cold, etc.:
to expose one's head to the rain.
4.
to present to view; exhibit; display:
The storekeeper exposed his wares.
5.
to make known, disclose, or reveal (intentions, secrets, etc.).
6.
to reveal or unmask (a crime, fraud, impostor, etc.):
to expose a swindler.
7.
to hold up to public reprehension or ridicule (fault, folly, a foolish act or person, etc.).
8.
to desert in an unsheltered or open place; abandon, as a child.
9.
to subject, as to the action of something:
to expose a photographic plate to light.
Idioms
10.
expose oneself, to exhibit one's body, especially one's genitals, publicly in an immodest or exhibitionistic manner.
Origin
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
Related forms
exposable, adjective
exposability, noun
exposer, noun
self-exposing, adjective
unexposable, adjective
Can be confused
expose, exposé.
Synonyms
1. subject, endanger, imperil, jeopardize. 5. uncover, unveil, betray.
Antonyms
2. protect, shield. 5. conceal, hide, cover up.
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  • Mining exposed the sulfides and eventually made the tailings as acidic as battery acid and full of heavy metals such as arsenic.
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  • The new material, a porous foam made from a nickel-manganese-gallium alloy, stretches slightly when exposed to a magnetic field.
  • The fibers are made of a polymer that is embedded with light-emitting molecules, which light up when exposed to an electric field.
  • T he controversy over genes and patents has exposed widespread public confusion over the relevant meaning of both.
  • exposed pipes run between the ceiling and floor, where a thin rug covers a large burn spot.
  • It is better educated, highly urbanised, far more exposed to the outside world and much less patient.
  • Salt water can catch a flame when exposed to certain radio waves, a chemist has confirmed.
  • Plus, being exposed to cosmic radiation for years and years and years cannot be a good lifestyle choice.
British Dictionary definitions for exposed

exposed

/ɪkˈspəʊzd/
adjective
1.
not concealed; displayed for viewing
2.
without shelter from the elements
3.
susceptible to attack or criticism; vulnerable
4.
(mountaineering) (of a climb, pitch, or move) performed on a high, sheer, and unsheltered rock face
Derived Forms
exposedness (ɪkˈspəʊzɪdnɪs) noun

expose

/ɪkˈspəʊz/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
exposable, adjective
exposal, noun
exposer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French exposer, from Latin expōnere to set out; see exponent

exposé

/ɛksˈpəʊzeɪ/
noun
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 and History for exposed

expose

v.

early 15c., "to leave without shelter or defense," from Middle French exposer "lay open, set forth" (13c.), from Latin exponere "set forth" (see expound), altered by confusion with poser "to place, lay down" (see pose (v.1)). Meaning "to exhibit openly" is from 1620s; that of "to unmask" is from 1690s. Photographic sense is from 1839. Related: Exposed; exposes; exposing.

n.

also exposé, "display of discreditable information," 1803, initially as a French word; past participle of French exposer (see expose (v.)). Earliest use was in reference to Napoleon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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