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How is the word expose different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of expose are display, exhibit, flaunt, parade, and show. While all these words mean "to present so as to invite notice or attention," expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying.

sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers

When can display be used instead of expose?

While the synonyms display and expose are close in meaning, display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage.

display sale items

In what contexts can exhibit take the place of expose?

The synonyms exhibit and expose are sometimes interchangeable, but exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly.

exhibit paintings at a gallery

Where would flaunt be a reasonable alternative to expose?

While in some cases nearly identical to expose, flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading.

nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

When is it sensible to use parade instead of expose?

Although the words parade and expose have much in common, parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying.

parading their piety for all to see

When is show a more appropriate choice than expose?

In some situations, the words show and expose are roughly equivalent. However, show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine.

showed her snapshots to the whole group

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“Expose.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/expose. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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