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

Synonyms & Antonyms for expose

Synonyms: Verb

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

Antonyms: Verb

camouflage, cloak, disguise, mask

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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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Students will be exposed to jazz, ballet, modern and hip hop dance styles. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 12 July 2018 If it is shipped to a developing country where small-scale workshops try to recover the valuable components, the laborers are exposed to the poisons. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "'E-waste': Getting grip on a growing global problem," 9 July 2018 Amazon declined to comment on how many users have been affected, and the only way to know if your email address has been exposed is by receiving one of the company’s surprisingly brief emails. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Amazon leaks users’ names and emails in ‘technical error’," 21 Nov. 2018 Payre 336 also seems to have been exposed to high levels of lead, once in the spring and again in the winter or late fall. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthal teeth reveal lead exposure and difficult winters," 31 Oct. 2018 The seemingly clumsy cover-up of the killing has been exposed to the world via Turkish leaks of information, security camera footage and Saudi acknowledgments that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in the consulate. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing," 25 Oct. 2018 Egg yolks, cheese, and beef liver contain smaller amounts, and mushrooms that have been exposed to UV light will offer trace amounts of the nutrient. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "What Is Vitamin D Good For Anyway?," 19 Oct. 2018 Of the 1,867 preterm infants included in the study 135 of them had been exposed to cannabis in utero. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s What You Need to Know About Using Marijuana While Pregnant or Breastfeeding," 12 Oct. 2018 Second, if white children have been exposed to Black Panther, parents should talk to them about what makes the story and the film unprecedented in cinematic history and so special for many people watching, but for black people most profoundly. Andrew Grant-thomas And Melissa Giraud, Good Housekeeping, "Parents: Maybe Don't Buy Your Kid That Black Panther Costume This Halloween," 11 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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