There are 2 main definitions of expose in English:

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expose 1

Pronunciation: /ikˈspōz/


[with object]
1Make (something) visible, typically by uncovering it: at low tide the sands are exposed
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  • 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 (often as adjective exposed) Leave (something) uncovered or unprotected, especially from the weather: the coast is very exposed to the southwest
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  • 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.
unprotected, unsheltered, open to the elements/weather;
vulnerable, defenseless, undefended
1.2Subject (photographic film) to light, especially when operating a camera.
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  • 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.
1.3 (expose oneself) Publicly and indecently display one’s genitals.
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  • 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.
1.4 (usually as adjective exposed) Leave or put (someone) in an unprotected and vulnerable state: Miranda felt exposed and lonely
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  • 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?
make vulnerable to, subject to, lay open to, put at risk of/from, put in jeopardy of/from
1.5 (expose someone to) Cause someone to experience or be at risk of: he exposed himself unnecessarily to gunfire in the war
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  • Why take clients down a path of experimentation that exposes them to unnecessary risk and continued expensive maintenance?
  • It is the sheer meaninglessness of the chaotic instability of our experiences which exposes us to despair.
  • Moreover, 5-10% of patients who are successfully treated experience coronary reocclusion, exposing them to the hazards of reinfarction.
1.6Make (something embarrassing or damaging) public: investigations exposed a vast network of illegalities
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  • 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.
1.7Reveal the true and typically objectionable nature of (someone or something): he has been exposed as a liar and a traitor
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  • 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.
uncover, reveal, unveil, unmask, detect, find out;
discover, bring to light, bring into the open, make known;
denounce, condemn
informal spill the beans on, blow the whistle on
1.8 (expose someone to) Introduce someone to (a subject or area of knowledge): students were exposed to probability and statistics in high school
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  • 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.
introduce to, bring into contact with, make aware of, familiarize with, acquaint with
1.9Leave (a child) in the open to die.



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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'.

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exposé 2

Pronunciation: /ˌekspōˈzā/


A report of the facts about something, especially a journalistic report that reveals something scandalous: a shocking exposé of a medical cover-up
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  • 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.
revelation, disclosure, exposure;
report, feature, piece, column
informal tell-all, scoop


Early 19th century: from French, 'shown, set out', past participle of exposer (see expose).

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