verb ex·pose \ik-ˈspōz\

Definition of expose



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to deprive of shelter, protection, or care :  subject to risk from a harmful action or condition <expose troops needlessly> <has not yet been exposed to measles> b :  to submit or make accessible to a particular action or influence <expose children to good books>; especially :  to subject (a sensitive photographic film, plate, or paper) to radiant energy c :  to abandon (an infant) especially by leaving in the open

  3. 2 a :  to make known :  bring to light (as something shameful) b :  to disclose the faults or crimes of <expose a murderer>

  4. 3 :  to cause to be visible or open to view :  display: as a :  to offer publicly for sale b :  to exhibit for public veneration c :  to reveal the face of (a playing card) or the cards of (a player's hand) d :  to engage in indecent exposure of (oneself)



Examples of expose in a sentence

  1. The shingles had fallen off, exposing the wood underneath.

  2. Undercover investigators exposed the scam.

  3. They threatened to expose him.

Origin and Etymology of expose

Middle English, from Anglo-French exposer, from Latin exponere to set forth, explain (perfect indicative exposui), from ex- + ponere to put, place — more at position

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of expose

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine <showed her snapshots to the whole group>. exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly <exhibit paintings at a gallery>. display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage <display sale items>. expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying <sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers>. parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying <parading their piety for all to see>. flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading <nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth>.

show, manifest, evidence, evince, demonstrate mean to reveal outwardly or make apparent. show is the general term but sometimes implies that what is revealed must be gained by inference from acts, looks, or words <careful not to show his true feelings>. manifest implies a plainer, more immediate revelation <manifested musical ability at an early age>. evidence suggests serving as proof of the actuality or existence of something <a commitment evidenced by years of loyal service>. evince implies a showing by outward marks or signs <evinced not the slightest fear>. demonstrate implies showing by action or by display of feeling <demonstrated their approval by loud applause>.

Other Pictures (on film) Terms


noun ex·po·sé \ˌek-spō-ˈzā, -spə-\

Definition of exposé

  1. 1 :  a formal statement of facts

  2. 2 :  an exposure of something discreditable <a newspaper exposé of government corruption>

Examples of exposé in a sentence

  1. a newspaper exposé of government corruption

  2. The show aired an exposé on the candidate's financial indiscretions.

Variants of exposé

less commonly


Origin and Etymology of exposé

French exposé, from past participle of exposer

First Known Use: 1803

EXPOSE Defined for English Language Learners


verb ex·pose \ik-ˈspōz\

Definition of expose for English Language Learners

  • : to leave (something) without covering or protection

  • : to cause (someone) to experience something or to be influenced or affected by something

  • : to reveal (something hidden, dishonest, etc.)


noun ex·po·sé \ˌek-spō-ˈzā, -spə-\

Definition of exposé for English Language Learners

  • : a news report or broadcast that reveals something illegal or dishonest to the public

EXPOSE Defined for Kids


verb ex·pose \ik-ˈspōz\

Definition of expose for Students



  1. 1 :  to leave without protection, shelter, or care :  subject to a harmful condition <The plants were exposed to an early frost.>

  2. 2 :  to cause to be affected or influenced by something <She exposed her students to music of different countries.>

  3. 3 :  to let light strike the photographic film or plate in taking a picture

  4. 4 :  to make known :  reveal <Reporters exposed a dishonest scheme.>

Word Root of expose

The Latin word ponere, meaning “to place” or “to put,” and its form positus give us the roots pon and pos. Words from the Latin ponere have something to do with putting. A position is the location or way in which something has been placed. To expose is to put out in the open. To postpone is to put off until a later time. Posture is the way a body has been placed.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb ex·pose \ik-ˈspōz\

Medical Definition of expose




  1. 1:  to subject to risk from a harmful action or condition <children exposed to measles>

  2. 2:  to lay open to view: asa:  to conduct (oneself) as an exhibitionistb:  to reveal (a bodily part) especially by dissection

Law Dictionary


transitive verb ex·pose

Legal Definition of expose



  1. 1 :  to subject to risk from a harmful action or condition: as a :  to make (one) open to liability or financial loss b :  to leave (a child) uncared-for and lacking shelter from the elements

  2. 2 :  to cause to be visible or open to view: as a :  to offer publicly for sale <all of which I shall expose for sale at public auction — Detroit Law Journal> b :  to purposely uncover (one's private body parts) or leave open to view in a place or situation in which such conduct is likely to be deemed offensive or indecent especially as set forth by statute — see also indecent exposure

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