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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What has been scientifically proven is that exposure to UV radiation from the sun causes skin cancer. Lindsey Bever, The Seattle Times, "Hawaii is about to ban popular sunscreen brands to protect its coral reefs," 2 July 2018 As the tour progresses, there will be exposure to the varied cultures of Switzerland reflecting their German, French and Italian neighbors. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Scaling the Swiss Alps on trains and trams, ranking road-trip friendly states and more," 27 June 2018 By contrast, the 2016 EPA voluntary health advisory for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) warned that exposure to the chemicals at levels above 70 parts per trillion could be dangerous. Ariel Wittenberg, Science | AAAS, "After controversy, U.S. releases report showing elevated health risks from nonstick chemicals," 20 June 2018 There were 2,231 exposure calls to Poison Control in 2017. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Top 5 calls to Poison Control and what the hotline advises you should do," 18 June 2018 There seems to be more events here that allow us exposure to college recruiters. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Former Chicago standout brings her A-game to Granbury," 15 June 2018 Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue has said multiple times that his instincts tell him the 60-year-old is dead — either by suicide or exposure to the elements. Nicole Blanchard And Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "He left behind 3 dead women & disappeared. Friends, family & the law still seek answers.," 15 June 2018 From an environmental standpoint, the main concern among Franks’ constituency is pesticide exposure, which many farmworkers say causes headaches. Kate Yoder, WIRED, "Can This State Finally Put a Price on Carbon?," 7 June 2018 Since the news of Guy’s origins has spread, Doherty says every TV station in Ontario has stopped by to interview her, which has been great exposure for her rescue and its canine occupants. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Palace Life and Car Rides with the Queen — Meghan Markle's Rescue Dog Is Living His Own Fairy Tale," 24 May 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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