[ ik-spohz ]
/ ɪkˈspoʊz /

verb (used with object), ex·posed, ex·pos·ing.


    expose oneself, to exhibit one's body, especially one's genitals, publicly in an immodest or exhibitionistic manner.

Origin of expose

1425–75; late Middle English exposen < Old French exposer, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + poser to put (see pose1), rendering Latin expōnere to put out, expose, set forth in words; see expound
Related forms
Can be confusedexpose exposé

Definition for expose (2 of 2)


[ ek-spoh-zey ]
/ ˌɛk spoʊˈzeɪ /


a public exposure or revelation, as of something discreditable: Certain cheap magazines make a fortune out of sensational exposés.

Origin of exposé

1795–1805; < French, noun use of past participle of exposer to expose
Can be confusedexpose exposé
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British Dictionary definitions for expose (1 of 2)


/ (ɪkˈspəʊz) /

verb (tr)

Derived Formsexposable, adjectiveexposal, nounexposer, noun

Word Origin for expose

C15: from Old French exposer, from Latin expōnere to set out; see exponent

British Dictionary definitions for expose (2 of 2)


/ (ɛksˈpəʊzeɪ) /


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

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