ex·​posed ik-ˈspōzd How to pronounce exposed (audio)
: open to view
: not shielded or protected
also : not insulated
an exposed electric wire
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web To dig into that mystery, the team pushed stainless-steel cylinders roughly the size of paper towel tubes into exposed sections of sediment. Katherine Kornei, Discover Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 Forging collaborative and long-term cross-border relationships to protect individuals, companies, and public-sector organizations as our world becomes more connected and more cyber-dependent than ever and therefore more exposed. Dr. Mary Aiken, Fortune, 6 Nov. 2023 The suspect was driving a black Toyota 4Runner with an exposed tire mounted to the rear center and a Toyota logo in the center of the wheel. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 5 Nov. 2023 His vehicle was described as a black Toyota 4Runner, model year 2015 or newer, with an exposed tire mounted on the back and a California license plate with the letters M and J. Campus police did not disclose if any part of the incident was captured on security or cell phone video. Faris Tanyos, CBS News, 4 Nov. 2023 At the 2019 Met Gala (for the Camp theme), Bieber also turned heads in a pink Alexander Wang maxi gown that was backless—and complete with an exposed thong, no less. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 26 Sep. 2023 Nearly half the lakebed sits exposed, drying by the day and blowing dust plumes when the winds kick up. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 The show concluded with a coordinating dress and pants look with exposed seams, modeled by Taveras’ wife, Jada-Renee. Skylar Mitchell, Essence, 14 Sep. 2023 Within two minutes the boosters are ditched, and upon exiting the atmosphere, the heat-shielding payload fairing petals off, leaving the steel Centaur III (or Common Centaur) upper-stage body encapsulated within exposed. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exposed was circa 1623

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“Exposed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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