ex·pose | \ik-ˈspōz \
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)


ex·po·sé | \ˌek-spō-ˈzā, -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


exposer noun

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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


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


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

On the second half of the hike, the pastures widen to expose lovely views of mountaintops above and towns, buttes and hills far below. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Please use your authority and platform to expose the stakes of this moment and the threat that Judge Kavanaugh poses. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Yale Law Students and Alumni Denounce School's Support of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 This was after McKinsey’s work with ICE, which apparently did not involve helping the agency carry out immigration policies, was exposed in a report last month. David Meyer, Fortune, "McKinsey Is No Longer Working With ICE, the Agency at the Heart of the Family Separations Scandal," 10 July 2018 The film has the power to expose its audience’s own tenuous morality. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The First Purge’s release makes this a good weekend to watch Battle Royale on Netflix," 6 July 2018 Even better, use rooftops creatively, sneak onto the fireworks barge as a stowaway—anything to get really close to the action and force your smartphone to expose the shot for the fireworks themselves. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How to Take Awesome Photos of Fireworks," 3 July 2018 After the release of the action plan, journalist Patrick Strudwick wrote a Twitter thread about his extensive experiences with going undercover to expose conversion-therapy practices in the U.K. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "The U.K.'s LGBT Action Plan Includes Banning Conversion Therapy," 3 July 2018 Until Sunday night, its centerpiece was an overhyped guard whose star status had been exposed as a figment of his father’s imagination. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Lakers hope LeBron will help them reclaim spotlight of Showtime era," 2 July 2018 This information comes courtesy of the Express, a British newspaper that took it upon itself to expose some of the things poor Markle can no longer do while acting as a member of the royal family. refinery29.com, "The Complete List Of Foods Meghan Markle Isn't Allowed To Eat As A Royal," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 One of the proudest achievements of my past life as a car guy was the bougie East Hampton Star running an expose on a poor kid from Brooklyn (me) visiting eastern Long Island to jump a bright-orange pickup truck off a sand dune. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Best Trucks for Any Budget," 19 June 2018 The Times has been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement, publishing revealing exposes on Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Louis C.K. and Vice Media, among others. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Embarrassed New York Times ousts editor over inappropriate behavior; paper hit for lack of transparency," 2 May 2018 In an expose, The Ringer's Ben Detrick reported that the accounts posted from April 2016 to last week and criticized players like Jahlil Okafor and Markelle Fultz, coach Brett Brown and executives such as Sam Hinkie. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "76ers, Bryan Colangelo Part Ways After Burner Twitter Accounts Scandal Connected To His Wife," 7 June 2018 Variety has a thorough, stunning expose of the two actors' explosive relationship that features audio of the stars arguing bitterly on set, representative of the bigger problems between the two. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans toxic were 'Lethal Weapon' co-stars: Listen to the audio," 1 June 2018 Argento, who was one of the first people to publicly accuse Weinstein of rape in the October 2017 expose in the New Yorker, took the stage alongside filmmaker Ava DuVernay to recount being raped by the disgraced former head of The Weinstein Co. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Asia Argento gives passionate speech against Harvey Weinstein, calls Cannes his 'hunting ground'," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of expose


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


1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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


French exposé, from past participle of exposer

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ex·pose | \ik-ˈspōz \
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 \
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

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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