- 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
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- a public exposure or revelation, as of something discreditable: Certain cheap magazines make a fortune out of sensational exposés.
Origin of exposé
Examples from the Web for expose
Shirtless bros with pillowy lips and cargo pants pulled down to expose tufts of pubic hair.Abercrombie & Ditch: The Fall of the House of Tween
December 10, 2014
When MTV first started airing The Real World, it was meant to expose the brutal truth about human nature.MTV’s Diem Brown Dies: When Reality TV Starts Getting Real
November 14, 2014
Drones need be matched with deeds that expose the false precepts of Al Qaeda's narrative.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
November 9, 2014
He praised Snowden for having the “balls” to expose the crimes of the NSA.The Bolshevik Who Thinks ‘The Nation’ Is Too Left Wing
October 26, 2014
In response to the protest action, and an expose in Buzzfeed, Blue Coat issued a statement disclaiming responsibility.Egypt’s LGBTs Fight Grindr Crackdown
October 18, 2014
Had the dead come back from the bottom of the sea to expose him?Brave and Bold
Is it wise of you to expose yourself so much to the infection?Weighed and Wanting
You also expose it to the danger of being run over by taxicabs and trains.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
He was vainly entreated not to expose himself to the infection.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
I lose no time, I expose myself to no danger, by this system.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- to display for viewing; exhibit
- to bring to public notice; disclose; revealto 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for expose
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.