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expose

verb ex·pose \ ik-ˈspōz \

Definition of expose

exposed; exposing
transitive verb
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
2 a :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)

exposer

noun

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.

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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

expose Synonyms

Synonyms
debunk, nail, show up, uncloak, uncover, undress, unmask, blow the whistle on
Antonyms
camouflage, cloak, disguise, mask
Related Words
demolish, discredit, disprove; disclose, divulge, tell, unveil
Near Antonyms
conceal, hide, secrete, veil

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

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exposé

noun ex·po·sé \ ˌek-spō-ˈzā , -spə- \
variants: or less commonly expose

Definition of exposé

1 :a formal statement of facts
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.

Recent Examples of exposé from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of exposé

French exposé, from past participle of exposer



EXPOSE Defined for Kids

expose

verb ex·pose \ ik-ˈspōz \

Definition of expose for Students

exposed; exposing
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 Dictionary

expose

transitive verb ex·pose \ ik-ˈspōz \

medical Definition of expose

exposed; exposing
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

Law Dictionary

expose

transitive verb ex·pose

legal Definition of expose

exposed; exposing
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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