verb ex·pose \ik-ˈspōz\

: to leave (something) without covering or protection

: to cause (someone) to experience something or to be influenced or affected by something

: to reveal (something hidden, dishonest, etc.)


Full Definition of EXPOSE

transitive verb
a :  to deprive of shelter, protection, or care :  subject to risk from a harmful action or condition <expose troops needlessly> <has not yet been exposed to measles>
b :  to submit or make accessible to a particular action or influence <expose children to good books>; especially :  to subject (a sensitive photographic film, plate, or paper) to radiant energy
c :  to abandon (an infant) especially by leaving in the open
a :  to make known :  bring to light (as something shameful)
b :  to disclose the faults or crimes of <expose a murderer>
:  to cause to be visible or open to view :  display: as
a :  to offer publicly for sale
b :  to exhibit for public veneration
c :  to reveal the face of (a playing card) or the cards of (a player's hand)
d :  to engage in indecent exposure of (oneself)
ex·pos·er noun

Examples of EXPOSE

  1. The shingles had fallen off, exposing the wood underneath.
  2. Undercover investigators exposed the scam.
  3. They threatened to expose him.

Origin of EXPOSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French exposer, from Latin exponere to set forth, explain (perfect indicative exposui), from ex- + ponere to put, place — more at position
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to EXPOSE

debunk, nail, show up, uncloak, uncover, undress, unmask, blow the whistle on
camouflage, cloak, disguise, mask
See Synonym Discussion at show

Other Pictures (on film) Terms

daguerreotype, emulsion, fill, sepia, still, stop


noun ex·po· \ˌek-spō-ˈzā, -spə-\

: a news report or broadcast that reveals something illegal or dishonest to the public

Full Definition of EXPOSÉ

:  a formal statement of facts
:  an exposure of something discreditable <a newspaper exposé of government corruption>

Variants of EXPOSÉ

ex·po· also ex·po·se \ˌek-spō-ˈzā, -spə-\

Examples of EXPOSÉ

  1. a newspaper exposé of government corruption
  2. The show aired an exposé on the candidate's financial indiscretions.

Origin of EXPOSÉ

French exposé, from past participle of exposer
First Known Use: 1803

Rhymes with EXPOSÉ

Adige, A-OK, alleyway, All Fools' Day, All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day, all the way, anyway, appliqué, Arbor Day, arrivé, atelier, attaché, back away, ballonet, bang away, Bastille Day, Beaujolais, beta ray, beurre manié, BHA, blow away, botonée, Boxing Day, breakaway, break away, Bristol Bay, bustier, by the way, cabaret, cableway, Camagüey, canapé, cap-a-pie, Cape Cod Bay, caraway, carriageway, cassoulet, castaway, cathode ray, champlevé, chansonnier, chardonnay, Charolais, chevalier, china clay, cloisonné, cog railway, colorway, Condorcet, consommé, coryphée, cosmic ray, croupier, crudités, cutaway, day-to-day, debauchee, déclassé, dégagé, degree-day, delta ray, démodé, devotee, disarray, disobey, distingué, divorcé, divorcée, DNA, dollar day, double play, draw away, dress-down day, eagle ray, eightfold way, émigré, engagé, entranceway, entremets, entryway, espalier, everyday, expressway, fadeaway, fallaway, fall away, faraday, Faraday, faraway, fiancé, fiancée, fill away, fire away, flageolet, flyaway, foldaway, gal Friday, gamma ray, garde-manger, Georgian Bay, getaway, girl Friday, giveaway, give away, gratiné, gratinée, Greenaway, Groundhog Day, guillemet, Harare, hell to pay, Hemingway, hereaway, hideaway, hit the hay, HLA, holiday, holy day, Hornaday, Hudson Bay, Hugh Capet, Humboldt Bay, in a way, inter se, interplay, intraday, IPA, IRA, Ise Bay, judgment day, keep-away, kyrie, Labor Day, lackaday, latter-day, layaway, lay away, lingerie, macramé, Mandalay, manta ray, Massenet, matinee, medal play, meet halfway, MIA, Milky Way, Monterrey, Mother's Day, motorway, muscadet, mystery play, negligee, New Year's Day, New York Bay, Nicolet, night and day, Nottaway, off Broadway, Ojibwa, on the way, out of play, overlay, overplay, overstay, overweigh, Paraguay, passageway, pass away, passion play, pepper spray, Petare, photoplay, pikake, pis aller, play-by-play, plug-and-play, popinjay, potter's clay, pourparler, pousse-café, power play, present-day, protégé, protégée, pull away, put away, Put-in-Bay, Rabelais, rack railway, rainy-day, rambouillet, ratiné, recamier, recherché, reconvey, repartee, repoussé, résumé, retroussé, ricochet, right away, right-of-way, rockaway, roentgen ray, rondelet, roundelay, RNA, runaway, run away, Saguenay, salt away, San Jose, Santa Fe, São Tomé, Saturday, satyr play, semplice, Seventh-Day, severance pay, shadow play, sleepaway, sobriquet, sock away, sommelier, square away, steerageway, standaway, stowaway, straightaway, street railway, Table Bay, taboret, tarsier, taxiway, tearaway, tear away, teleplay, Tenebrae, thataway, throwaway, throw away, Thunder Bay, triple play, turn away, Udine, underlay, underpay, underplay, underway, Uruguay, velouté, Venite, vérité, vertebra, virelay, walkaway, Wang Ching-wei, waterway, wellaway, Whitsunday, workaday, working day, Yenisey, Zuider Zee


transitive verb ex·pose \ik-ˈspōz\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EXPOSE

:  to make liable to or accessible to something (as a disease or environmental conditions) that may have a detrimental effect <children exposed to diphtheria>
:  to lay open to view: as a :  to conduct (oneself) as an exhibitionist b :  to reveal (a bodily part) especially by dissection


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