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[ik-spohz] /ɪkˈspoʊz/
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.
Origin of expose
late Middle English
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.
1. subject, endanger, imperil, jeopardize. 5. uncover, unveil, betray.
2. protect, shield. 5. conceal, hide, cover up. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exposing
  • Point for trephining over the straight portion of the transverse sinus, exposing dura mater of both cerebrum and cerebellum.
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  • Then he removed the other slipper, exposing another hole.
  • These layers then get expelled, exposing compact cores called white dwarfs, which light up surrounding gases.
  • The researchers prodded the stem cells to differentiate into motor neurons by exposing them to another series of chemicals.
  • The results would be downloaded and decrypted without ever exposing the details of a single e-mail.
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  • Granted that there were obvious obstacles-intelligence agencies never share information easily for fear of exposing the source.
  • He's starting to make a fuss and risks exposing everyone linked to this lucrative scam.
  • Constantly exposing yourself to new things helps puts your brain in a primed state for learning.
British Dictionary definitions for exposing


verb (transitive)
to display for viewing; exhibit
to bring to public notice; disclose; reveal: to expose the facts
to divulge the identity of; unmask
(foll by to) to make subject or susceptible (to attack, criticism, etc)
to abandon (a child, animal, etc) in the open to die
(foll by to) to introduce (to) or acquaint (with): he was exposed to the classics at an early age
(photog) to subject (a photographic film or plate) to light, X-rays, or some other type of actinic radiation
(RC Church) to exhibit (the consecrated Eucharistic Host or a relic) for public veneration
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


the act or an instance of bringing a scandal, crime, etc, to public notice
an article, book, or statement that discloses a scandal, crime, etc
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Word Origin and History for exposing



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.


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.

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