exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər How to pronounce exposure (audio) \

Essential Meaning of exposure

1 : the fact or condition of being affected by something or experiencing something : the condition of being exposed to something exposure to heat/cold exposure to infection/danger See More Exampleschildren's exposure to violence on television He risks exposure to ridicule by saying such things in public.Hide
2 : the act of revealing secrets about someone or something They threatened him with (public) exposure.
3 : public attention and notice The candidates are competing for television/media exposure.

Full 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web After years of exposure to the elements, the building’s exterior system has begun to fail, according to Justin Megonnell, bureau chief for facilities in the Department of Public Works. Madison Bateman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 3 Dec. 2021 Other potential risk factors for all kinds of angiosarcomas include a history of exposure to certain cancer-causing chemicals or radiation therapy, as well as lymphedema, a condition where lymph fluid builds up and causes swelling. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 29 Nov. 2021 Black people are nearly four times as likely to die of exposure to pollution than white people. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 29 Nov. 2021 Ten minutes or so of exposure to your face and arms is roughly equivalent to 200 IU of vitamin D supplement. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 24 Nov. 2021 Starbucks employees in Buffalo say the pandemic brought not just daily risk of exposure to the coronavirus but also severe understaffing, combined with intense time pressures for orders placed via drive-through windows and mobile apps. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 In the new system, regions will be put into a red, orange or green setting depending on their level of exposure to Covid-19 and vaccination rates. NBC News, 22 Nov. 2021 Even when appointments were available, many put off scheduling regular mammograms, colonoscopies and other screenings for fear of exposure to the novel coronavirus. Lauren Gravitz, Scientific American, 19 Nov. 2021 California is now saying that essentially all adults in the state qualify for the booster shot because basically everyone is at higher risk of exposure to the coronavirus. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of exposure

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for exposure

exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər How to pronounce exposure (audio) \

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.

exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure | \ ik-ˈspō-zhər How to pronounce exposure (audio) \

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

exposure

noun
ex·​po·​sure

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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