expose

verb
ex·​pose | \ ik-ˈspōz How to pronounce expose (audio) \
exposed; exposing

Definition of expose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to make known : bring to light expose a shameful secret
b : to disclose the faults or crimes of expose a murderer
3 : to cause to be visible or open to view : display: such 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)

exposé

noun
ex·​po·​sé | \ ˌek-spō-ˈzā How to pronounce exposé (audio) , -spə-\
variants: or less commonly expose

Definition of exposé (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a formal statement of facts
2 : an exposure of something discreditable a newspaper exposé of government corruption

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Other Words from expose

Verb

exposer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for expose

Synonyms: Verb

debunk, nail, show up, uncloak, uncover, undress, unmask

Antonyms: Verb

camouflage, cloak, disguise, mask

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Verb

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine. showed her snapshots to the whole group exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly. exhibit paintings at a gallery display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage. display sale items expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying. sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying. parading their piety for all to see flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading. nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

Examples of expose in a Sentence

Verb

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

Noun

a newspaper exposé of government corruption The show aired an exposé on the candidate's financial indiscretions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Without it, your bones and organs would tumble onto the sidewalk, exposed to the elements, unsightly to look at. Allure, "10 Bath and Body Care Winners From the 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 14 May 2019 Many people exposed to the cloud of gas would be asphyxiated. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "How We'll Stop Chemical Attacks," 28 Apr. 2019 And then it was revealed that some 50 million users may have had their name, email address, occupation, and age exposed to third-party developers, which accelerated its demise. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "No joke, Google is killing off the Pixel 2, Inbox, goo.gl URL shortener, and Google+ this week," 1 Apr. 2019 The former test is done by smearing sunscreen on a participant's back, having them soak in water, then exposing them to six intensities of UVB light from a sun simulator. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, ""Consumer Reports" Just Dropped Its List of Best Sunscreens for Summer 2019," 2 May 2019 An anonymous male classmate said he was told that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to Ramirez within the following days. Judson Berger, Fox News, "Trump calls new Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political,’ stands by nominee," 2 Oct. 2018 According to Eschner, pesticides’ damaging effects were apparent regardless of whether bees were exposed to high amounts over a short period of time or low amounts over a prolonged period of time. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learn," 12 July 2018 When exposed to sunlight, the blisters leave permanent purple scars. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "This invasive European plant can blind you. It’s now growing in NC.," 12 July 2018 Over the past year, Justin has been exposing this side of himself more and more to the public. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Does Justin Bieber’s Birth Chart Prove He and Selena Gomez Were Doomed From the Start?," 10 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Just a day after the bombshell news that the richest man in the world might be splitting his fortune, the National Enquirer published a salacious expose of Jeff's relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a friend of the couple's. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos Have Finalized Their Divorce," 4 Apr. 2019 That fact has changed in recent weeks since the couple announced their plans to divorce, quickly followed by an expose published by the National Enquirer detailing Jeff's ongoing affair with Lauren Sanchez. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Who Is Jeff Bezos's Soon-to-Be Ex-Wife, Novelist MacKenzie Bezos?," 14 Feb. 2019 Farrow’s reported expose would come as Moonves fights Shari Redstone, who along with her father Sumner, controls the majority of CBS and Viacom stock through the family’s National Amusements holding company. Brian Flood, Fox News, "CBS honcho Les Moonves will be accused of sexual misconduct in latest Ronan Farrow bombshell, report says," 27 July 2018 In an article for the New Yorker, written by the scribe of the first expose on Moonves, Ronan Farrow, more women have come forward. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "CBS CEO Les Moonves accused by six more women of sexual misconduct amid reports he'll get big money to leave network," 9 Sep. 2018 Viganò, the papal ambassador -- or nuncio -- to Washington between 2011 and 2016, identified the Vatican cardinals and U.S. archbishops who were informed about the McCarrick affair by name, an unthinkable expose for a Vatican diplomat to make. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Pope refuses to comment on claims he ignored McCarrick abuse accusations," 27 Aug. 2018 McCulloch helped the Times become one of the great U.S. newspapers, overseeing exposes of the John Birch Society and of abuses by the Teamsters union pension fund. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Longtime journalist Frank McCulloch, former Examiner managing editor, dies at 98," 15 May 2018 Initially, the court battle to block the release of the report was fought under almost total secrecy, until a lower-court ruling revealed that a group of unnamed individuals had filed objections to the pending expose. Nathaniel Lash, Philly.com, "Filings disclose new details on grand jury clergy abuse probe," 10 July 2018 Why was this the time to write an expose about the prison system and death row? Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Former Texas prison spokeswoman releases tell-all book after watching 280 executions," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of expose

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for expose

Verb

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

Noun

French exposé, from past participle of exposer

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expose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of expose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.)

exposé

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exposé (Entry 2 of 2)

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

expose

verb
ex·​pose | \ ik-ˈspōz How to pronounce expose (audio) \
exposed; exposing

Kids Definition of expose

1 : to leave without protection, shelter, or care : subject to a harmful condition The plants were exposed to an early frost.
2 : to cause to be affected or influenced by something She exposed her students to music of different countries.
3 : to let light strike the photographic film or plate in taking a picture
4 : to make known : reveal Reporters exposed a dishonest scheme.
ex·​pose | \ ik-ˈspōz How to pronounce expose (audio) \
exposed; exposing

Medical Definition of expose

1 : to subject to risk from a harmful action or condition children exposed to measles
2 : 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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ex·​pose
exposed; exposing

Legal Definition of expose

1 : to subject to risk from a harmful action or condition: as
a : to make (one) open to liability or financial loss
b : to leave (a child) uncared-for and lacking shelter from the elements
2 : to cause to be visible or open to view: as
a : to offer publicly for sale all of which I shall expose for sale at public auctionDetroit Law Journal
b : to purposely uncover (one's private body parts) or leave open to view in a place or situation in which such conduct is likely to be deemed offensive or indecent especially as set forth by statute — see also indecent exposure

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