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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Of course, that means leaving that all-glass back completely exposed which creates its own issues. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "iPhone XR Review," 26 Oct. 2018 But the fact that expensive hardware was housed in exposed structures on the Gulf Coast illustrates how vulnerable the military is to extreme weather, especially as storms like hurricanes gain a boost from climate change. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Hurricane Michael showed how woefully unprepared the military is for extreme weather," 15 Oct. 2018 By 2100, temperatures in the most exposed national parks could rise as much as 16 degrees Fahrenheit (9 degrees Celsius), according to the research published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change will strike U.S. National Parks hardest and fastest, says study," 24 Sep. 2018 Looking to take exposed legs and abs into autumn’s tailored territory? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Takes a Runway Look to the Street—And Gives a Lesson in the Extreme Ab Reveal," 21 Sep. 2018 These are carbon-intensive businesses like aluminum and steel that are highly exposed to international competition. David Roberts, Vox, "Big Oil is using brute financial force to kill 2 state sustainability initiatives," 4 Nov. 2018 And if they are executed, the royal guards of the crown prince may feel exposed and set against each other, which is what led the Praetorian Guards to cooperate with Caligula’s enemies and facilitate his assassination at age 29. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "The Saudi Crown Prince’s Uncertain Fate," 22 Oct. 2018 With stone walls and tables set beneath high ceilings with exposed beams, the lovely, intimate space has a truly cozy feel. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 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

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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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