expose

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


Idioms

    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 formsex·pos·a·ble, adjectiveex·pos·a·bil·i·ty, nounex·pos·er, nounself-ex·pos·ing, adjectiveun·ex·pos·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedexpose exposé

Synonyms for expose

Antonyms for expose

2. protect, shield. 5. conceal, hide, cover up.
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Examples from the Web for exposing

Contemporary Examples of exposing

Historical Examples of exposing

  • Robert was fully aware that he was exposing himself to a horrible death.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • She unfastened her dress, exposing her breast, and lifted her arms, bare to the elbow.

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

  • He was exposing himself in most audacious fashion, as was his wont.

  • Exposing himself would not do now, because the other was too near by this time.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • But are you aware that you are exposing me to the danger of losing my life or taking his?

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt


British Dictionary definitions for exposing

expose

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

exposé

noun

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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Word Origin and History for exposing

expose

v.

early 15c., "to leave without shelter or defense," from Middle French exposer "lay open, set forth" (13c.), from Latin exponere "set forth" (see expound), altered by confusion with poser "to place, lay down" (see pose (v.1)). Meaning "to exhibit openly" is from 1620s; that of "to unmask" is from 1690s. Photographic sense is from 1839. Related: Exposed; exposes; exposing.

expose

n.

also exposé, "display of discreditable information," 1803, initially as a French word; past participle of French exposer (see expose (v.)). Earliest use was in reference to Napoleon.

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