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.
Idioms about expose
expose oneself, to exhibit one's body, especially one's genitals, publicly in an immodest or exhibitionistic manner.
- ex·pos·a·ble, adjective
- ex·pos·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- ex·pos·er, noun
- self-ex·pos·ing, adjective
- un·ex·pos·a·ble, adjective
- expose , exposé
Other definitions for exposé (2 of 2)
a public exposure or revelation, as of something discreditable: Certain cheap magazines make a fortune out of sensational exposés.
- expose, exposé
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How to use expose in a sentence
Kids get exposed at school and spend the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s passing it around from one family gathering to another.
Find the smallest tiling that is “balanced,” such that the addition of the next tile is as likely to increase the number of exposed edges as it is to decrease it.How to Solve Our Three John Conway-Inspired Puzzles | Pradeep Mutalik | November 20, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Then, the investigators waited to see which participants fell ill as they were exposed to the virus in their normal lives.Pfizer and BioNTech will seek regulatory clearance of their coronavirus vaccine | Carolyn Y. Johnson | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
The outbreak began after a cleaner at a hotel used to isolate returned overseas travelers was exposed to the virus.A pizza shop worker lied to contract tracers—prompting unfounded fears of a new COVID-19 strain | kdunn6 | November 20, 2020 | Fortune
Which is awful, which means they were exposed to it and had to had to report it to us.
Strangio is at his best when exposing what appears to be a flourishing civil society in Cambodia.
In my eyes she killed those people… exposing a gay person like this is akin to torturing him slowly to death.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays | Bel Trew | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The man behind the desk is a fictional character—a ferocious patriot exposing the limits of rigid ideology.The End of Truthiness: Stephen Colbert’s Sublime Finale | Noel Murray | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun.
An Army National Guard colonel charged with knowingly exposing a woman to HIV faced his accuser in a military courtroom on Monday.Commando Colonel Accused of Exposing his Lover to HIV | Jacob Siegel | November 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Let no opportunity be missed of exposing the true character of the vile and selfish agitators of the Anti-corn-law league.
It is not surprising that the leading Scots remonstrated earnestly with Bruce for exposing himself to such an unequal chance.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
She preferred to die herself rather than to incur the possibility of exposing those who loved her to the guillotine.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
The window curtains are drawn aside, exposing me to the full glare of the sunlight.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
The custom of exposing dying people on the banks of the Ganges, does not appear to be so general as some travellers state.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
British Dictionary definitions for expose (1 of 2)
to display for viewing; exhibit
to bring to public notice; disclose; reveal: to 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
- exposable, adjective
- exposal, noun
- exposer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for exposé (2 of 2)
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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