expose

verb
ex·​pose | \ ik-ˈspōz How to pronounce expose (audio) \
exposed; exposing

Definition of expose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to deprive of shelter, protection, or care : subject to risk from a harmful action or condition expose troops needlessly has not yet been exposed to measles
b : to submit or make accessible to a particular action or influence expose children to good books especially : to subject (a sensitive photographic film, plate, or paper) to radiant energy
c : to abandon (an infant) especially by leaving in the open
2a : to make known : bring to light expose a shameful secret
b : to disclose the faults or crimes of expose a murderer
3 : to cause to be visible or open to view : display: such as
a : to offer publicly for sale
b : to exhibit for public veneration
c : to reveal the face of (a playing card) or the cards of (a player's hand)
d : to engage in indecent exposure of (oneself)

exposé

noun
ex·​po·​sé | \ ˌek-spō-ˈzā How to pronounce exposé (audio) , -spə- \
variants: or less commonly expose

Definition of exposé (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a formal statement of facts
2 : an exposure of something discreditable a newspaper exposé of government corruption

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Verb

exposer noun

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

show, exhibit, display, expose, parade, flaunt mean to present so as to invite notice or attention. show implies no more than enabling another to see or examine. showed her snapshots to the whole group exhibit stresses putting forward prominently or openly. exhibit paintings at a gallery display emphasizes putting in a position where others may see to advantage. display sale items expose suggests bringing forth from concealment and displaying. sought to expose the hypocrisy of the town fathers parade implies an ostentatious or arrogant displaying. parading their piety for all to see flaunt suggests a shameless, boastful, often offensive parading. nouveaux riches flaunting their wealth

Examples of expose in a Sentence

Verb The shingles had fallen off, exposing the wood underneath. Undercover investigators exposed the scam. They threatened to expose him. Noun a newspaper exposé of government corruption The show aired an exposé on the candidate's financial indiscretions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unless perhaps the point was to expose the actor as cipher. Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Having made contact with the as-yet undisclosed other country about providing submarine secrets, the Toebbes were reluctant to expose themselves in an in-person meeting, according to the narrative laid out in court documents by the FBI. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Oct. 2021 Lev Parnas once pitched himself in TV interviews and through an unorthodox publicity campaign by his lawyer as someone who could expose corruption in the Trump Administration over its dealings in Ukraine. Tom Hays And Larry Neumeister, sun-sentinel.com, 11 Oct. 2021 Having made contact with the as-yet undisclosed other country about providing submarine secrets, the Toebbes were reluctant to expose themselves in an in-person meeting, according to the narrative laid out in court documents by the F.B.I. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 What happened on that Friday and in the days after, when police rounded up even more kids, would expose an ugly and unsettling culture in Rutherford County, one spanning decades. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, 8 Oct. 2021 It is easily argued that the journalists’ purpose in convincing Mary Trump to disclose the tax records was to expose potential unethical or unlawful conduct by the President of the United States. Legal Entertainment, Forbes, 25 Sep. 2021 In Iran and China, some intelligence officials believe that Americans provided information to the adversarial agencies that could have helped expose informants. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 6 Oct. 2021 Day does not take for granted that the Iowa game proved Maryland is not the team that can expose any lingering defensive issues. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou penned an expose in 2015, extensive government investigations into Theranos and founder Elizabeth Holmes followed. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 15 Oct. 2021 Collins-Rector stashed much of his assets in tax havens, as outlined in the Post’s expose on the Pandora Papers. cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021 The Dayton Daily News’ Lynn Hulsey is out with a big expose on how the pandemic has intensified struggles for parents in finding affordable, quality child care. cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 After Sports Illustrated published an expose detailing the Dallas Mavericks’ toxic and misogynistic workplace culture in 2018, the organization disbanded the Dallas Mavericks dance team. Emily Leibert, refinery29.com, 2 Aug. 2021 One of them was Swati Chaturvedi, an Indian investigative journalist who in 2016 published an expose of the inner workings of the ruling party’s online disinformation operation. Billy Perrigo, Time, 19 July 2021 The person who posted the video, who in media appearances identifies herself only by the moniker Angel and whose Instagram account is a mix of Christian affirmations and Bible verses, promises to conduct an expose. Esther Wang, The New Republic, 21 July 2021 All of this later came to light in Ronan Farrow’s 2017 expose of Black Cube. Paul Starobin, Wired, 17 July 2021 Earlier this month, BuzzFeed won its first Pulitzer Prize for its expose of China's mass detention of Muslims. Jonathan Berr, Forbes, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of expose

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for expose

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French exposer, from Latin exponere to set forth, explain (perfect indicative exposui), from ex- + ponere to put, place — more at position

Noun

French exposé, from past participle of exposer

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The first known use of expose was in the 15th century

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“Expose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expose. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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expose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of expose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to leave (something) without covering or protection
: to cause (someone) to experience something or to be influenced or affected by something
: to reveal (something hidden, dishonest, etc.)

exposé

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exposé (Entry 2 of 2)

: a news report or broadcast that reveals something illegal or dishonest to the public

expose

verb
ex·​pose | \ ik-ˈspōz How to pronounce expose (audio) \
exposed; exposing

Kids Definition of expose

1 : to leave without protection, shelter, or care : subject to a harmful condition The plants were exposed to an early frost.
2 : to cause to be affected or influenced by something She exposed her students to music of different countries.
3 : to let light strike the photographic film or plate in taking a picture
4 : to make known : reveal Reporters exposed a dishonest scheme.

expose

transitive verb
ex·​pose | \ ik-ˈspōz How to pronounce expose (audio) \
exposed; exposing

Medical Definition of expose

1 : to subject to risk from a harmful action or condition children exposed to measles
2 : to lay open to view: as
a : to conduct (oneself) as an exhibitionist
b : to reveal (a bodily part) especially by dissection

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expose

transitive verb
ex·​pose
exposed; exposing

Legal Definition of expose

1 : to subject to risk from a harmful action or condition: as
a : to make (one) open to liability or financial loss
b : to leave (a child) uncared-for and lacking shelter from the elements
2 : to cause to be visible or open to view: as
a : to offer publicly for sale all of which I shall expose for sale at public auctionDetroit Law Journal
b : to purposely uncover (one's private body parts) or leave open to view in a place or situation in which such conduct is likely to be deemed offensive or indecent especially as set forth by statute — see also indecent exposure

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