[ ik-spohz ]
/ ɪkˈspoʊz /
verb (used with object), ex·posed, ex·pos·ing.
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.
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Idioms for expose
expose oneself, to exhibit one's body, especially one's genitals, publicly in an immodest or exhibitionistic manner.
Origin of expose
SYNONYMS FOR expose
OTHER WORDS FROM expose
ex·pos·a·ble, adjectiveex·pos·a·bil·i·ty, nounex·pos·er, nounself-ex·pos·ing, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exposeexpose , 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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exposéexpose, exposé
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British Dictionary definitions for expose (1 of 2)
/ (ɪkˈspəʊz) /
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
Derived forms of exposeexposable, 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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