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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Since the coronavirus pandemic began, ordering groceries online for pickup and/or delivery has increased dramatically as more Michiganders stayed home to avoid and lower the risk of exposure. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Increased food stamp benefits extended for 350,000 Michigan families," 26 May 2020 Since the work can be done remotely, animation studios have avoided the complex safety issues that live-action series create for producers: Managing a large cast and crew on set while minimizing their risk of exposure. Gerry Smith, Bloomberg.com, "How the Pandemic Is Fueling a Boom in Animated TV Series and Movies," 26 May 2020 Paxton has argued that fear of exposure to the coronavirus is not a valid excuse, a position being challenged in federal and statecourt by the Texas Democratic Party. Elise Viebeck, Anchorage Daily News, "The pandemic has already altered how tens of millions of Americans can cast their ballots this year," 24 May 2020 Offer options to limit the likelihood of exposure to staff and students at higher risk for severe illness. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Public considering year-round school, one school visit a week, other ideas," 22 May 2020 Corsi said the risk of infection is determined by the concentration of viruses, multiplied by breathing rate and time of exposure. oregonlive, "Do you need to wear a face mask while hiking?," 20 May 2020 For close contacts who have been exposed, the CDC recommends a 14-day quarantine after the last date of exposure. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "You Don’t Need Invasive Tech for Successful Contact Tracing. Here’s How It Works.," 19 May 2020 Everyone is at risk of exposure, but the consequences are more serious for some people. Daphne Chen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin is mostly open, but coronavirus risk is still high, experts say. Here's what we've learned about how to protect yourself.," 14 May 2020 The agency Aldana works with, in Bakersfield, has also banned her and other foster parents from taking children outside of the home because of fears of exposure to the virus. Sindya N. Bhanoo, Washington Post, "When parents have to be social workers and therapists, too: How coronavirus is affecting foster families," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of exposure

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exposure was in 1605

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30 May 2020

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“Exposure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exposure. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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 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.


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

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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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