ex·​posed | \ ik-ˈspōzd How to pronounce exposed (audio) \

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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Picture five bedrooms and six bathrooms in a 1957 home with exposed beams, delicate wood carvings and a stone sculpture by Gordon Newell in the garden. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Peek inside this $16 million cliffside Carmel estate," 9 July 2019 Quartz worked with Second Measure, which analyzes billions of anonymized credit and debit purchases, to see how exposed certain gig economy companies are to California’s potential new law, based on the share of their US sales in the state. Alison Griswold, Quartz, "These companies are most exposed to California’s gig economy bill," 9 July 2019 Health officials urged people to take precautions against mosquito bites, including wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants to cover exposed skin. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus," 27 June 2019 Britain’s economy, highly exposed to trade, moves in tandem with world trends. The Economist, "Why interest rates in Britain are likelier to fall than rise," 20 June 2019 One does not make white-tie decisions based on one’s gut, lest one end up with the gut overly exposed. Washington Post, "Trump’s catastrophic fashion choices in England were not just a sign of bad taste," 6 June 2019 Canavan said the crash resulted in an exposed wire starting a small fire, which was put out by a bystander using a dry chemical extinguisher. Debra Bleile, Pomerado News, "Solo crash knocks out power in Poway," 6 June 2019 Playing without Curry on the floor, the no-name Warriors looked fairly exposed on both ends of the court. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "How the Raptors Won Game 3 of the N.B.A. Finals," 5 June 2019 The exposed rocks on the canyon walls remind them of Tatooine, the home planet of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: In Death Valley’s ‘Star Wars Canyon,’ fighter jet aficionados have a good feeling," 7 May 2019

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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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