verb (used with object), un·der·ex·posed, un·der·ex·pos·ing.
  1. to expose either to insufficient light or to sufficient light for too short a period, as in photography.

Origin of underexpose

First recorded in 1885–90; under- + expose
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British Dictionary definitions for underexpose


verb (tr)
  1. photog to expose (a film, plate, or paper) for too short a period or with insufficient light so as not to produce the required effect
  2. (often passive) to fail to subject to appropriate or expected publicity
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