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[uhn-der-ik-spohz] /ˌʌn dər ɪkˈspoʊz/
verb (used with object), underexposed, underexposing.
to expose either to insufficient light or to sufficient light for too short a period, as in photography.
Origin of underexpose
1885-90; under- + expose Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for underexpose
  • The trick is often to underexpose the brighter area of a photograph.
  • If you underexpose your people pictures, the people look even darker than they are.
  • Then over- or underexpose the shot until it has the tonal value you're going for.
British Dictionary definitions for underexpose


verb (transitive)
(photog) to expose (a film, plate, or paper) for too short a period or with insufficient light so as not to produce the required effect
(often passive) to fail to subject to appropriate or expected publicity
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