ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər \

Definition of exposure 

1 : the fact or condition of being exposed: such as
a : the condition of being presented to view or made known a politician seeks a lot of exposure
b : the condition of being unprotected especially from severe weather died of exposure
c : the condition of being subject to some effect or influence risk exposure to the flu
d : the condition of being at risk of financial loss minimizes your exposure to market fluctuations also : an amount at risk
2 : the act or an instance of exposing: such as
a : disclosure of something secret tried to prevent exposure of their past
b : the treating of sensitized material (such as film) to controlled amounts of radiant energy also : the amount of such energy or length of such treatment a 3-second exposure
3a : the manner of being exposed
b : the position (as of a house) with respect to weather influences or compass points a room with a southern exposure
4 : a piece or section of sensitized material (such as film) on which an exposure is or can be made 36 exposures per roll

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Examples of exposure in a Sentence

children's exposure to violence on television He risks exposure to ridicule by saying such things in public. The candidates are competing for television exposure.
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In the years since, she's done commercials, PSAs, short films, and worked modeling gigs at other award shows, but this is by far the biggest exposure. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "'Fiji Water Girl' Kelleth Cuthbert Tells Us: 'This Is Something I Would Go Viral For'," 7 Jan. 2019 The exposure occurred between September 12th and September 25th. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Facebook exposed up to 6.8 million users’ private photos to developers in latest leak," 14 Dec. 2018 Sometimes the exposure goes crazy and turns the image nearly entirely white. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Palm Phone Review: Fun, endearing, and bad at everything," 1 Dec. 2018 And the athletes in those sports that normally don’t get big crowds really appreciate the exposure. Matt Case, BostonGlobe.com, "Taking the long view on the Bay State Games," 6 July 2018 An accidental exposure to even a tiny quantity of peanut protein is capable of provoking severe reactions. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Some promising news for kids with peanut allergies," 23 Nov. 2018 But between 2001 and 2010, exposure was still responsible for 60 worker deaths. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "A Poison-Detecting Watch for Gas and Oil Workers," 11 Nov. 2018 What happens when the exposure isn’t so subtle? **** When Obama was elected in 2008, there was much talk of America moving into a post-racial moment. Ezra Klein, Vox, "White threat in a browning America," 30 July 2018 After nearly five years of helter-skelter expansion for China’s Belt and Road Initiative across the globe, Chinese officials are quietly trying to take stock of how many deals have been done and what the country’s financial exposure might be. Maria Abi-habib, New York Times, "How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of exposure

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of exposure

: the fact or condition of being affected by something or experiencing something : the condition of being exposed to something

: the act of revealing secrets about someone or something

: public attention and notice


ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər \

Kids Definition of exposure

1 : the fact or condition of being subject to some effect or influence exposure to germs exposure to great art
2 : the condition that results from being unprotected especially from severe weather (as extreme cold) The child suffered from exposure.
3 : an act of making something public They were stopped by the exposure of the plot.
4 : the act of letting light strike a photographic film or the time during which light strikes a film
5 : a section of a roll of film for one picture
6 : position with respect to direction The room has a southern exposure.


ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər \

Medical Definition of exposure 

1 : the fact or condition of being exposed: as
a : the condition of being unprotected especially from severe weather the hiker died of exposure after becoming lost in the snowstorm
b : the condition of being subject to some detrimental effect or harmful condition repeated exposure to bronchial irritants risk exposure to the flu benign skin discolorations caused by sun exposure— Katie Tyndall
2 : the act or an instance of exposing — see indecent exposure

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Legal Definition of exposure 

1 : the fact or condition of being exposed also : the possibility of loss caused by an outside source used in insurance
2 : the act or an instance of exposing
3a : something that exposes someone or something
b : something (as a condition, situation, or action) that creates a risk of financial loss especially for which one may be insured two forms of insurance are needed to cover the exposure fully— R. I. Mehr also : the extent to which one is at risk

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