exposure

noun
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Scientists say the impact of long-term, low-dose exposure to not only tritium but also other isotopes on the environment and humans are still unknown and that a release is premature. Mari Yamaguchi, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2022 Customer advocacy can result in extra exposure, engagement, awareness and coverage for both your business and your customer when skillfully executed. Azadeh Williams, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 More Scully and more inside exposure to the Dodgers to measure up with my Cub and Cardinal fan friends. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 There's still plenty of exposure, which means the whims of the market could induce more misery. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 Citigroup’s Russia exposure, which is the risk tied to certain assets, totaled $8.4 billion as of June 30, up from $7.9 billion the previous quarter, according to its most recent earnings presentation. Mark Maurer, WSJ, 26 July 2022 The service gives the league more direct economic exposure to its fanbase, with NFL programming by far the most popular programming on linear TV, and serving as a sale point for other streaming services like Amazon Prime Video and Paramount+. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 July 2022 For me, curled up in a ball, trying to cover as much of myself as possible, the sensation was one of naked, defenseless exposure, like a snail in the shadow of a boot coming down. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 23 July 2022 The sooner the vaccine is given after exposure, the better. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 20 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exposure

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exposure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exposure. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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