[ ik-spohzd ]
/ ɪkˈspoʊzd /


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

First recorded in 1620–30; expose + -ed2

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Definition for exposed (2 of 2)


[ ik-spohz ]
/ ɪkˈspoʊz /

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

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 confused

expose exposé Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for exposed (1 of 3)


/ (ɪkˈspəʊzd) /


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

Derived Forms

exposedness (ɪkˈspəʊzɪdnɪs), noun

British Dictionary definitions for exposed (2 of 3)


/ (ɪkˈspəʊz) /

verb (tr)

Derived Forms

exposable, adjectiveexposal, nounexposer, noun

Word Origin for expose

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

British Dictionary definitions for exposed (3 of 3)


/ (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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