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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Verb

exposer noun

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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 And actually do them the greatest gift of all and that is distance yourself this year and don't expose them. NBC News, "Meet the Press - October 18, 2020," 18 Oct. 2020 Clark warns against raw premade food, which has not been scientifically shown to be beneficial and may expose both you and your pet to harmful bacteria. Hannah Harper, Health.com, "How to Choose the Best Food for Your Pet," 12 Oct. 2020 Knowing how much feces to expose them to is critical, however, adds John Penders, a medical microbiologist at Maastricht University. Christa Lesté-lasserre, Science | AAAS, "Eating a tiny bit of mom’s poop could give C-section babies an immune ‘primer’," 1 Oct. 2020 But the family makes an effort to expose him to books featuring diverse characters and music by artists such as Nissim Black, an African-American Orthodox rapper whose songs Menny has learned by heart. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Orthodox Jewish multiracial family in Montana wants to break adoption taboos," 25 Sep. 2020 To engage in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits anyone’s use or enjoyment of the Services, or which, as determined by us, may harm SL Trib or users of the Services or expose them to liability. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Terms of Service," 23 Sep. 2020 City and county officials say the venues that have been flouting the curfew put in place by Sedgwick County health officials could lose their liquor licenses and expose themselves to lawsuits if their patrons or employees get sick. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Catholic guilt, pandemic rage room, dairy farm upside: News from around our 50 states," 15 Sep. 2020 These documents … expose the hollowness of banking safeguards, and the ease with which criminals have exploited them. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "Microsoft’s trendsetting on ‘Bank Black,’ and the hedge fund working outside," 23 Sep. 2020 Since August, Arianna Mbunwe has used her Twitter account to expose covid-19 violations at the University of Georgia — particularly by those in Greek life — and to critique the school’s response. Washington Post, "A University of Georgia student exposed pandemic violations. One fraternity responded with racist texts.," 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Following an expose detailing the deputies’ surveillance of landowners and pipeline protesters, attorneys from the Niskanen Center filed public information requests. Lee Van Der Voo, ProPublica, "It’s His Land. Now a Canadian Company Gets to Take It.," 1 Oct. 2011 Cole's admission and apology came a day after an expose about Cole's family and race was published on the website BlackIndyLIVE.com. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Satchuel Cole, leader in the fight for racial equality in Indianapolis, lied about own race," 18 Sep. 2020 Bob Woodward's expose of Trump's lies to Americans about the coronavirus grabbed the headlines earlier this month. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "A new perspective on Trump's charm offensive with North Korea," 17 Sep. 2020 That led into an expose of the Russian leader’s vast and secretive real estate empire, highlighted in contrast to his public persona as honest and modest. Washington Post, "How Navalny combined protests and anti-corruption campaigns to take on the Kremlin," 22 Aug. 2020 The expose revealed the myth of Medvedev as an honest leader. Regina Smyth, The Conversation, "How Alexei Navalny revolutionized opposition politics in Russia, before his apparent poisoning," 21 Aug. 2020 Her breakthrough article was an 1890 expose of the city’s emergency hospital services. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "Much more than a ‘sob sister’ — San Francisco reporter was one of the best of her time," 21 Aug. 2020 Horowitz has previously filmed an expose on the United Nations' inability to live up to its stated purpose and founding ideals of a more peaceful world. Fox News, "Seattle CHOP organizer: 'I'm not here to peacefully protest'," 17 June 2020 MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito resigned after the expose was published. Fox News, "MIT scientist resigns over Jeffrey Epstein comments he calls 'misunderstandings and mischaracterizations'," 17 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of expose was in the 15th century

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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Expose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expose. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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expose

verb
How to pronounce exposé (audio)

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
How to pronounce exposé (audio)

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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