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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

It is harmful to overexpose your skin to the sun's rays. He has been overexposed by the media.
Recent Examples on the Web The first sign of its occurrence was a blinding light that caused the camera to overexpose the scene. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Manager Brian Snitker was bound to run out of quality arms or overexpose his most dependable options. Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overexpose was in 1856

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“Overexpose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overexpose. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


over·​ex·​pose ˌō-və-rik-ˈspōz How to pronounce overexpose (audio)
overexposed; overexposing
: to expose (as photographic material) for a longer time than is needed or desirable
overexposure noun

Medical Definition


transitive verb
over·​ex·​pose ˌō-və-rik-ˈspōz How to pronounce overexpose (audio)
overexposed; overexposing
: to expose excessively
skin overexposed to sunlight
overexposure noun

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