adjective ex·posed \ik-ˈspōzd\

Definition of exposed

  1. 1 :  open to view

  2. 2 :  not shielded or protected; also :  not insulated <an exposed electric wire>

Examples of exposed in a sentence

  1. <without our immune systems we'd be exposed to all sorts of deadly infections>

  2. <the exposed electrical wires were a safety hazard>

Circa 1623

First Known Use of exposed

circa 1623

Synonym Discussion of exposed

liable, open, exposed, subject, prone, susceptible, sensitive mean being by nature or through circumstances likely to experience something adverse. liable implies a possibility or probability of incurring something because of position, nature, or particular situation <liable to get lost>. open stresses a lack of barriers preventing incurrence <a claim open to question>. exposed suggests lack of protection or powers of resistance against something actually present or threatening <exposed to infection>. subject implies an openness for any reason to something that must be suffered or undergone <all reports are subject to review>. prone stresses natural tendency or propensity to incur something <prone to delay>. susceptible implies conditions existing in one's nature or individual constitution that make incurrence probable <very susceptible to flattery>. sensitive implies a readiness to respond to or be influenced by forces or stimuli <unduly sensitive to criticism>.

Both liable and apt when followed by an infinitive are used nearly interchangeably with likely. Although conflicting advice has been given over the years, most current commentators accept apt when so used. They generally recommend limiting liable to situations having an undesirable outcome, and our evidence shows that in edited writing it is more often so used than not.

EXPOSED Defined for English Language Learners


adjective ex·posed \ik-ˈspōzd\

Definition of exposed for English Language Learners

  • : not protected or covered

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up exposed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to trick or confuse (someone)

Get Word of the Day daily email!


Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.