Definition of expose
1a : 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 energyc : to abandon (an infant) especially by leaving in the open
2a : to make known : bring to light (as something shameful)b : to disclose the faults or crimes of <expose a murderer>
3 : to cause to be visible or open to view : display: such asa : to offer publicly for saleb : to exhibit for public venerationc : 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
The shingles had fallen off, exposing the wood underneath.
Undercover investigators exposed the scam.
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
Examples of exposé in a sentence
a newspaper exposé of government corruption
The show aired an exposé on the candidate's financial indiscretions.
Variants of exposé
Origin and Etymology of exposé
French exposé, from past participle of exposer
First Known Use: 1803
EXPOSE Defined for English Language Learners
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.)
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
Definition of expose for Students
1 : to leave without protection, shelter, or care : subject to a harmful condition <The plants were exposed to an early frost.>
2 : to cause to be affected or influenced by something <She exposed her students to music of different countries.>
3 : to let light strike the photographic film or plate in taking a picture
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 Definition of expose
1: to subject to risk from a harmful action or condition <children exposed to measles>
2: to lay open to view: asa: to conduct (oneself) as an exhibitionistb: to reveal (a bodily part) especially by dissection
Legal Definition of expose
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 : 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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