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Examples of exponent in a Sentence
She has become one of America's foremost exponents of the romantic style in interior design.
The exponent 3 in 10₃ indicates 10 x 10 x 10.
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Bannon, who has returned to his perch leading Breitbart, was seen as the chief exponent of white-nationalist politics and of a bellicose approach.
McKim, a major exponent of Beaux-Arts classicism, stripped the Victorian decor, fixed the settling floors, excavated the basement and redecorated the State floor.
Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree), for example, who was a leading mainstream exponent of Native American music as a rallying cry for social protest in the ’60s (and subsequently), talks about being blacklisted by American radio stations.
Allen came to the work of de Beer by way of Bill Mahaney, a professor emeritus at York University in Toronto and an outspoken exponent of the Traversette.
Meanwhile, Merkel has achieved star power as an exponent of liberal values, expected to counter Donald Trump, keep Vladimir Putin in line and take a hard line with Britain over its exit from the European Union.
Vicente Saavedra is an entrepreneur who has worked with several exponents of the urban genre such as Tempo, Getto & Gastam, Cosculluela, Alexis & Fido, Farruko and De La Ghetto, among others.
This analysis vindicates Schmitt as the truest exponent of right-wing thinking.
An exponent of the experimental brand of liquid funk drum & bass, Kaye founded the Soul:R, Revolve:R and Birdie labels, and was active as a DJ, producer, and touring artist from 1991 until his death.
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Did You Know?
You probably won't be surprised to learn that "exponent" shares an ancestor with "proponent" - and indeed, the Latin ponere ("to put") is at the root of both terms. "Exponent" descends from "exponere" ("to explain" or "to set forth"), which joins "ponere" with "ex-" ("out"). "Proponent" traces to "proponere" ("to display" or "to declare"), from "ponere" and "pro-" ("before"). "Proponent" can describe someone who offers a proposal (it's related to "propose," which also ultimately comes from "proponere"), but today it usually means "one who argues in favor of something." "Exponent" can also refer to someone who is an advocate, but it tends to refer especially to someone who stands out as a shining representative of something, and in addition it has retained its earlier meaning of "one who expounds."
Synonymsadvocate, advocator, apostle, backer, booster, champion, expounder, espouser, friend, gospeler (or gospeller), herald, hierophant, high priest, paladin, promoter, proponent, protagonist, supporter, true believer, tub-thumper, white knight
Antonymsadversary, antagonist, opponent
Related Wordsloyalist, partisan (also partizan), stalwart; adherent, cohort, disciple, follower; interpreter; applauder, cheerleader, encourager, fellow traveler
Near Antonymsenemy, foe, rival; belittler, critic, faultfinder
EXPONENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exponent for English Language Learners
: someone who supports a particular cause, belief, etc.
: someone who is known for a particular method, style, etc.
mathematics : a symbol that is written above and to the right of a number to show how many times the number is to be multiplied by itself
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