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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web While Donovan has been hesitant to overexpose his veterans — especially Young — to too many minutes, this change has been in the making for some time. Jamal Collier, chicagotribune.com, 14 Mar. 2021 To likely no one's surprise, THE AVENGERS (2012), the first superhero mash-up in the hugely popular and not-at-all-overexposed Marvel Cinematic Universe, has won the #UltimateSummerMovie Showdown, Week 1 (May 1-7). Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2020 Jeffries has played it low-key so far, avoiding overexposing himself on TV and overstaying his welcome with the American public. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, 25 Jan. 2020 That means most humans are overexposed to the microscopic particles and gases emitted by cars, factories and power plants that can lead to heart and respiratory diseases and cancer. Jonathan Tirone | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2019 The Astros still have the bullpen advantage, with their big arms not yet being overexposed. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, 27 Oct. 2019 Scientists are concerned that rising sea levels from climate change will drown out their habitat and overexpose them to such predators. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Oct. 2019 In a similar scenario last season, the Tigers filled second base by signing veteran Josh Harrison late in spring training, conscious of not overexposing Goodrum defensively at one position. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, 27 Mar. 2019 Having a large share of reserves in metal can leave central banks overexposed to the movements of a single volatile asset, in contrast to a portfolio comprising a range of currencies and the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of overexpose

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Overexpose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overexpose. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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 overexpose (audio) \ noun

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