- 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 exposing
Strangio is at his best when exposing what appears to be a flourishing civil society in Cambodia.Cambodia’s Smoke-and-Mirrors Democracy
January 9, 2015
In my eyes she killed those people… exposing a gay person like this is akin to torturing him slowly to death.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
Spirituality, after all, is not as marketable as sex appeal, so maybe the media-savvy McCarthy is exposing a true vulnerability.Jenny McCarthy: I Am Not Anti-Vaccine
October 24, 2014
But for a man who delighted in exposing hypocrisies, his relationship to Communism was riddled with duplicity.Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
Robert was fully aware that he was exposing himself to a horrible death.Brave and Bold
She unfastened her dress, exposing her breast, and lifted her arms, bare to the elbow.Father Sergius
He was exposing himself in most audacious fashion, as was his wont.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Exposing himself would not do now, because the other was too near by this time.A Set of Six
But are you aware that you are exposing me to the danger of losing my life or taking his?The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- 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 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.