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

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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 And brown people are more exposed in immigration detention centers. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19," 12 June 2020 Not only are governments and businesses more exposed, but individuals—stressed from remote work, unemployment, and/or homeschooling—are more susceptible to scams on everything from government assistance checks to online shopping. Sylvia Acevedo, Wired, "The Cyberwar Needs More Women on the Front Lines," 11 June 2020 The Nordics have far less ability to chase down tax cheats or prevent capital flight than the U.S., and are also much more exposed to international trade. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "What America can learn from Nordic police," 5 June 2020 The great room blends traditional design and modern accents with exposed beams on the ceiling and a fireplace as the focal piece. Dallas News, "Take a look inside this renovated, blue-hued Beverly Drive home with elements of its 1928 origin," 3 June 2020 My buddy’s secret spot turned out to be not a spot at all, but an entire valley, a hidden world revealed after one last sketchy goat-track climb over exposed rock and burnt timber. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Best Cutthroat Trout Stream in America," 1 June 2020 Mowing over exposed roots can damage the lawnmower and the tree. oregonlive, "How do I get flickers out of my Mother-in-law quarters? Ask an expert," 18 Apr. 2020 In the color room, exposed pipes line the walls and connect to massive metal vats. Paige Stables, Allure, "An Inside Look at the Meticulous Process That Goes Into Great Lengths Hair Extensions," 16 Apr. 2020 There have been three incidents of a fire resulting from an exposed wire causing an electrical short. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Honda Recalls Nearly 250,000 Odyssey Minivans for Fire Hazard," 12 Feb. 2020

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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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25 Jun 2020

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“Exposed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of exposed

: not protected or covered

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