- left or being without shelter or protection: The house stood on a windy, exposed cliff.
- laid open to view; unconcealed: an exposed king of spades.
- susceptible to attack; vulnerable.
Origin of exposed
- 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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Examples from the Web for exposed
In doing so he exposed the failure of other airlines in the region to see the huge pent-up demand for cheap travel.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
He didn't want to be there exposed, unable to shift the focus when he felt like it.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Were the reserved Brits ready for the razzmatazz and exposed flesh?I Got Kicked Out Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
December 3, 2014
My girlfriend, Barbara, came to visit me and exposed her breast through the window.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler
November 14, 2014
Humans are exposed to viruses from other species all the time, and we almost never get sick.Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved
November 12, 2014
If he exposed himself, would not the three of them pull their guns?Way of the Lawless
Mortimer exposed the pasteboard he had acquired on his entry to the stand.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
He knew not to what dangers she was exposed, or what fate threatened her.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
It was in vain that he shrieked aloud, "I am the man that exposed the Jew!"Leila, Complete
Abruptly the man turned in his chair to summon a waiter, and exposed his profile.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- not concealed; displayed for viewing
- without shelter from the elements
- susceptible to attack or criticism; vulnerable
- mountaineering (of a climb, pitch, or move) performed on a high, sheer, and unsheltered rock face
- 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 exposed
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.