- 1Make (something) visible by uncovering it: at low tide the sands are exposedMore example sentences
- Most anywhere on the long expanse of the north shore side of the Cape which uncovers at low tides to expose sand flats can be productive.
- It consisted of a lavender shirt that draped off the shoulders, exposing them completely, and it was very low cut.
- The low quality fish they dry on sand, exposing it to birds and animals, may not bring them good revenue.
- 1.1 (as adjective exposed) Unprotected, especially from the weather: the coast is very exposed to the south-westMore example sentences
- Expect schizophrenic weather in this exposed, wind-wracked landscape.
- But before Chase could even respond, he suddenly felt the hot sharp steel of a weapon dabbing the base of his exposed and unprotected neck.
- The corals are inseparable from the matrix of the rocks and generally badly weathered on the exposed surfaces.
- 1.2 (often expose someone to) Cause someone to be vulnerable or at risk: many newcomers are exposing themselves to injuryMore example sentences
- They do the job because they want to help patients and make a difference to people, often when they are at their most exposed and vulnerable.
- The wide open grass seemed strange, and they felt exposed and vulnerable after the comfortable shelter of the friendly forest.
- Although most of us are not begging on the street with an open hand, are we not all pleading with an exposed and vulnerable heart to be received?
- 1.3 (expose someone to) Introduce someone to (a subject or area of knowledge): students were exposed to statistics in high schoolMore example sentences
- Their lack of knowledge and the context for much of the knowledge they are exposed to shapes their world.
- ‘We lived in the Mount Baker area so she could be exposed to diverse socioeconomic communities,’ said her father.
- Each day had something new for the children, exposing them to various knowledge inputs.
- 1.4 (expose oneself) Publicly and indecently display one’s genitals: police are hunting a man who exposed himself to a schoolgirlMore example sentences
• informal flash
- The hotelier in the resort for six years was arrested on Thursday after indecently exposing himself to a plain clothes male officer.
- A man was seen to be indecently exposing himself along a footpath.
- Apparently he was wanted for a series of offences ranging from indecently exposing himself to children to assaults on people who refused to give him money.
- 2Reveal the true, objectionable nature of (someone or something): he has been exposed as a liar and a traitorMore example sentences
uncover, reveal, show, display, exhibit, disclose, manifest, unveil, unmask; discover, bring to light, bring into the open, make known, unearth, let out, divulge, make obvious; denounce, condemn; detect, find out, catch out, smoke out; betray, give away• informal spill the beans on, blow the whistle on, pull the plug on
- Suddenly he is exposed as just another coach.
- But just before 1.15 pm on Wednesday, the Prime Minister was exposed as either a liar or an incompetent.
- He was exposed as a man who thinks so little of the ethics of high office that he lobbied on ministerial letterhead to get his son off a traffic offence.
- 2.1Make (something embarrassing or damaging) public: the situation exposed a conflict within the governmentMore example sentences
- Will the results of such an investigation even be exposed to public view?
- Losing the vote would not mean the end of his government, but would be an embarrassment and expose the fissures within the 20-party ruling coalition.
- An inclination to tyranny has seldom been so readily exposed by a public figure.
- 3Subject (photographic film) to light when operating a camera: all over Europe, thousands of miles of film are exposed for holiday snapsMore example sentences
- I mainly use the meter setting of 3200 at the camera to expose the film.
- In the traditional darkroom, a photographer makes a print by projecting light through the original piece of film, which exposes the paper.
- Some images are printed using the Lightjet, a digital enlarger that exposes photographic paper with red, green and blue lasers.
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- The networks apologized, the football league apologized and the singer, the exposer himself, issued the same lame apology that everyone gives when they know they have done wrong.
- The group - never the most ruthless exposer of mediocrity and disquiet - was making them look like men who'd never put ash to leather before.
- A free and independent press should be the cornerstone of a democratic society; a fearless champion of truth and exposer of corruption and hypocrisy.
late Middle English: from Old French exposer, from Latin exponere (see expound), but influenced by Latin expositus 'put or set out' and Old French poser 'to place'.
- A report in the media that reveals something discreditable: a shocking exposé of a medical cover-upMore example sentences
- But while there have been major media exposés concerning European funding for left-wing, pro-peace organizations, we know very little about the sources of right-wing media funding.
- Media exposés like the BBC's The Secret Agent have helped to transform a ragbag party into the talking point of British politics.
- For several days recently, a self-proclaimed student of the college has been offering exposés of scandals among college students to the media.
early 19th century: from French, 'shown, set out', past participle of exposer (see expose).