ex·​pose | \ ik-ˈspōz How to pronounce expose (audio) \
exposed; exposing

Definition of expose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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 energy
c : to abandon (an infant) especially by leaving in the open
2a : to make known : bring to light expose a shameful secret
b : to disclose the faults or crimes of expose a murderer
3 : to cause to be visible or open to view : display: such 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)


ex·​po·​sé | \ ˌek-spō-ˈzā How to pronounce exposé (audio) , -spə- \
variants: or less commonly expose

Definition of exposé (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a formal statement of facts
2 : an exposure of something discreditable a newspaper exposé of government corruption

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Other Words from expose


exposer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for expose

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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

Examples of expose in a Sentence

Verb The shingles had fallen off, exposing the wood underneath. Undercover investigators exposed the scam. They threatened to expose him. Noun a newspaper exposé of government corruption The show aired an exposé on the candidate's financial indiscretions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Fed’s new initiatives expose the central bank to political pressures that are inconsistent with an independent institution. Michael T. Belongia And Peter N. Ireland, WSJ, 9 June 2021 These omissions also expose the faults in Powell’s premise. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 8 June 2021 Headline-grabbing cyberattacks have shifted from massive data breaches meant to embarrass and expose private information, to a coordinated extortion business. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Unmanaged cyber risks can expose SMBs to an endless host of vulnerabilities. Yec, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Reporters have jumped on captures of internal chat messages to expose drama at The New York Times, Amazon, and Facebook, among other major companies. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 Legal experts and advocates say that in addition to having dangerous health impacts, bans on gender-affirming care for transgender youths could expose health care providers to legal and regulatory problems. NBC News, 27 May 2021 Would opening up the wall expose the mural to outdoor elements that would damage it? Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, 27 May 2021 The station's orbit around Earth can expose the astronauts to blinding, hot light from the sun or plunge them into cold darkness, moving from one extreme to the other. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 26 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This interview was conducted the week after THR published its expose]. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 1 June 2021 Taken together, all of the charges filed Thursday expose Dixon, who was off duty at the time of the incidents, to a possible sentence topping 200 years. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 The Hollywood Reporter released an expose on April 7 with multiple allegations of abuse from former staffers. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, 25 Apr. 2021 This comes after accusations of bullying, harassment and abuse by current and former employees that were detailed in a recent expose published in the Hollywood Reporter. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 24 Apr. 2021 In the Philippines in 2019, veteran journalist Maria Ressa was arrested in a move experts said was retaliation for an expose revealing violence-inciting fake accounts on Facebook linked to President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 The nation's citizens should see the evidence of the obscene corruption of Russia's leaders — including Navalny's video expose of Putin's perfidy that's already been viewed more than 80 million times. Star Tribune, 25 Jan. 2021 The report debunked the central thesis of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the U.S., whose 2018 expose of the two-decade McCarrick cover-up sparked the Vatican report in the first place. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Nov. 2020 This scoop was very, very closely held within the NYT — just like the paper's 2018 Trump tax expose was. Brian Stelter, CNN, 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of expose


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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


French exposé, from past participle of exposer

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“Expose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expose. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of expose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.)



English Language Learners Definition of exposé (Entry 2 of 2)

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


ex·​pose | \ ik-ˈspōz How to pronounce expose (audio) \
exposed; exposing

Kids Definition of expose

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.
ex·​pose | \ ik-ˈspōz How to pronounce expose (audio) \
exposed; exposing

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: as
a : to conduct (oneself) as an exhibitionist
b : to reveal (a bodily part) especially by dissection

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exposed; exposing

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 auctionDetroit 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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