over·​ex·​pose | \ ˌō-vər-ik-ˈspōz How to pronounce overexpose (audio) \
overexposed; overexposing; overexposes

Definition of overexpose

transitive verb

: to expose excessively: such as
a : to expose to excessive radiation (such as light) overexpose film an overexposed photograph
b : to expose (someone, such as a celebrity) to excessive publicity especially to the extent that attraction is diminished

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Other Words from overexpose

overexposure \ ˌō-​vər-​ik-​ˈspō-​zhər How to pronounce overexposure (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for overexpose


hackney, overuse, stereotype, vulgarize

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Examples of overexpose in a Sentence

It is harmful to overexpose your skin to the sun's rays. He has been overexposed by the media.

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Frank’s pictures were spontaneous and imperfect—usually grainy and overexposed, often crooked—yet consistently devastating to behold. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Wanting to See Like Robert Frank," 10 Sep. 2019 Brand new — and perfect for reviving hair that’s been overexposed to a summer’s worth of sun, sand and swim — is the Signature Oil Treatment ($700). Rachel Marlowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "Beauty Inside Out: Nicole Kidman-Approved Hair Oil, On-Demand Hollywood Beauty Treatments," 23 Aug. 2019 The social media that brought exposure to creative ideas without traditional gatekeepers now overexposes trends at lightning speeds while rewarding whichever bullies and copycats are willing to scream loudest into the void. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "The restaurant boom in metro Detroit is over. Here's why," 25 July 2019 In an age when Instagram junkies have overexposed much of the planet, Crimea stands apart for unspoiled authenticity enjoyed by few, save Russians and travelers from the former Soviet bloc. Jeff Opdyke, latimes.com, "Crimea is an unexpected beauty set against an unsettled history," 23 June 2019 And when things are uncertain, overexposing a fund to one company can be a foolish gamble. Lizette Chapman, Fortune, "This VC Firm Invested $200 Million in Slack. Now Its Stake Is Worth $4.6 Billion," 21 June 2019 UConn probably won’t need to overexpose its team to buy games. Ralph D. Russo, courant.com, "AAC isn’t looking to replace Huskies, keeping conference at 11 teams," 26 June 2019 UConn probably won't need to overexpose its team to buy games. Ralph D. Russo, baltimoresun.com, "UConn football heads toward independence; 11 enough for AAC," 25 June 2019 To keep the brand from becoming overexposed, Chanel tightly limits supply and raises prices. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Keeping Chanel on Top in the Post-Lagerfeld Era," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of overexpose

1856, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overexpose

: to leave (something) without covering or protection for too long
: to let too much light fall on (film in a camera) when you are taking a photograph
: to give too much public attention or notice to (someone or something)


transitive verb
over·​ex·​pose | \ ˌō-və-rik-ˈspōz How to pronounce overexpose (audio) \
overexposed; overexposing

Medical Definition of overexpose

: to expose excessively skin overexposed to sunlight

Other Words from overexpose

overexposure \ -​ˈspō-​zhər How to pronounce overexposure (audio) \ noun

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