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

Nearby words

  1. export-import bank,
  2. exportable,
  3. exportation,
  4. exporter,
  5. exposal,
  6. exposed,
  7. exposit,
  8. exposition,
  9. expositor,
  10. expository


    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

2. protect, shield. 5. conceal, hide, cover up.

Related forms
Can be confusedexpose exposé

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Examples from the Web for exposer

  • Shakespearean scholars have pointed out the connection between the dramatist and the exposer of exorcism.

  • The two women clung to one another, knowing that the end had come, wondering who was to be their exposer.

  • It only made her resent the cruel perspicacity of their exposer, or possibly exercise a little more ingenuity in their inventions.

    Arundel|Edward Frederic Benson

British Dictionary definitions for exposer


verb (tr)

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 Formsexposable, adjectiveexposal, nounexposer, noun

Word Origin for expose

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



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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