[ ik-spoh-zher ]
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  1. the act of exposing, laying open, or uncovering: the sudden exposure of objects that were hidden under the blanket.

  2. the fact or state of being exposed: A bandage will avoid exposure of the wound.

  1. disclosure, as of something private or secret: the exposure of their invasion plans.

  2. an act or instance of revealing or unmasking, as an impostor, crime, or fraud: the exposure of graft and corruption.

  3. presentation to view, especially in an open or public manner: His exposure of his anger shocked the company.

  4. indecent exposure: The suspect was arrested for exposure in public.

  5. a laying open or subjecting to the action or influence of something: The exposure of his theories to ridicule destroyed his self-confidence.

  6. the condition of being exposed to danger, harm, etc.: exposure to toxic mold;exposure to a deadly disease.

  7. the condition of being exposed without protection to the effects of harsh weather, especially the cold: to suffer from exposure.

  8. Photography.

    • the act of presenting a photosensitive surface to rays of light.

    • the total amount of light received by a photosensitive surface or an area of such a surface, expressed as the product of the degree of illumination and the period of illumination.

    • the image resulting from the effects of light rays on a photosensitive surface.

  9. situation with regard to sunlight or wind; aspect: a southern exposure.

  10. a putting out or deserting, especially of a child, without shelter or protection; abandonment.

  11. something exposed, as to view; an exposed surface: exposures of rock.

  12. public appearance, notice, attention, mention, or discussion, especially in the media: great ways to gain exposure for your products on TV and on the internet.

  13. a prominent, often overextended position or commitment, as in investment, that is considered precarious and risky: The bank was nervous about its exposure in Iran.

Origin of exposure

First recorded in 1595–1605; expose + -ure

Other words for exposure

Opposites for exposure

Other words from exposure

  • non·ex·po·sure, noun
  • post·ex·po·sure, adjective
  • re·ex·po·sure, noun
  • self-ex·po·sure, noun
  • sem·i·ex·po·sure, noun

Words Nearby exposure

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How to use exposure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for exposure


/ (ɪkˈspəʊʒə) /

  1. the act of exposing or the condition of being exposed

  2. the position or outlook of a house, building, etc; aspect: the bedroom has a southern exposure

  1. lack of shelter from the weather, esp the cold: to die of exposure

  2. a surface that is exposed: an exposure of granite

  3. mountaineering the degree to which a climb, etc is exposed: See exposed (def. 4)

  4. photog

    • the act of exposing a photographic film or plate to light, X-rays, etc

    • an area on a film or plate that has been exposed to light, etc

    • (as modifier): exposure control

  5. photog

    • the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate multiplied by the time for which it is exposed

    • a combination of lens aperture and shutter speed used in taking a photograph: he used the wrong exposure

  6. appearance or presentation before the public, as in a theatre, on television, or in films

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