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[oh-ver-ik-spohz] /ˌoʊ vər ɪkˈspoʊz/
verb (used with object), overexposed, overexposing.
to expose too much, as to the sun, cold, or light rays (often used reflexively):
Be careful of overexposing yourself to the sun.
Photography. to expose (a film or the like) to too much light.
Origin of overexpose
1865-70; over- + expose Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • You should over-expose rather than under-expose, allowance being made when the acid is used.

    Photogravure Henry R. Blaney
British Dictionary definitions for over-expose


verb (transitive)
to expose too much or for too long
(photog) to expose (a film, plate, or paper) for too long a period or with too bright a light
Derived Forms
overexposure, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-expose

1869, in photography, from over- + expose (v.). Figurative sense, in reference to celebrity, first attested 1969 (implied in overexposure). Related: Over-exposed; over-exposing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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