ex·posed | \ik-ˈspōzd \

Definition of exposed 

1 : open to view

2 : not shielded or protected also : not insulated an exposed electric wire

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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

Examples of exposed in a Sentence

without our immune systems we'd be exposed to all sorts of deadly infections the exposed electrical wires were a safety hazard

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In recent weeks, investors have withdrawn billions of dollars from European equity and bond funds, concerned that trade frictions could dent a fragile economic recovery in a region heavily exposed to international trade. Matt Murray, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 27 June 2018 Rats in one of the male control groups died at unusually high rates (the lowest survival of any exposed group was 48 percent at two years, only 28 percent of the control rats lived that long). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Comprehensive US cell phone safety study inches toward publication," 2 Feb. 2018 Examine all shades and blinds for any exposed cords on the front, side and back of the product, and move beds and cribs away from windows. Cory Stieg, Good Housekeeping, "3-Year-Old Dies After Being Strangled by Window Blind Cord," 2 Dec. 2016 To get a feel for this beloved neighborhood, book a room at Kinn Guesthouse, a minimalist mini hotel with exposed brick walls, a cozy ground-floor restaurant, and communal outdoor fire pit. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "Why Milwaukee, Wisconsin Is the Midwest’s Coolest (and Most Underrated) City," 10 July 2018 Meanwhile, companies in the leisure industry, many of which sit in the S&P 500’s consumer-discretionary sector, are the most exposed to increases in the minimum wage, Goldman says. Danielle Chemtob, WSJ, "Wage Gains Threaten to Squeeze Retail, Industrial Profits," 9 July 2018 The five-bedroom property has white brick and clean lines on the outside, and farm-style details such as exposed beams, shiplap ceilings and Shaker-style cabinets on the inside. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "Farmhouse Fever Sweeps City Homes," 5 July 2018 If a black vulture cannot kill its target, typically via gouging out its eyes or tearing at other soft and exposed tissues, then the animal is often left to bleed out. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 Crapo continued to follow the existing model, proposing expansion of RECA to heavily exposed states. Nate Poppino, idahostatesman, "Nuclear tests gave these Idahoans cancer, they say. Will Congress support them now?," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of exposed

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exposed was circa 1623

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English Language Learners Definition of exposed

: not protected or covered

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