Main meanings of expose in English

: expose1exposé2


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[with object]
  • 1Make (something) visible by uncovering it.

    ‘at low tide the sands are exposed’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The entire section was stripped naked, exposing the ship's innards to the cold expanse of space.’
    • ‘I keep the ripped side up so that I can remember which side was exposed to the blown sand all day, reminding me to flip it over at night before I lay down to sleep.’
    • ‘As well as eroding land on visible sites, high winds are blowing off topsoil and sands which expose undiscovered sites which are then quickly washed away, said Dawson.’
    • ‘The scientists suspect that the sand formed when water levels fell low enough to expose quartz rock, so that wind and rain could weather the rock into sand.’
    • ‘An open fracture is one in which the skin over the broken bone is cut, thus exposing the bone pieces to the elements.’
    • ‘He was wearing different clothing now, ripped denim shorts and a cut up shirt exposing his stomach, and his hair was down now and flowed past his shoulder blades.’
    • ‘Basil frowned, but before he could do anything, Sam reached out and ripped the towel off his shoulders, exposing the dark scars on the pale skin.’
    • ‘He was a little taller, and had the regulation hair cut, exposing largish ears.’
    • ‘If your cut exposes the hollow portion of the door, you must reinstall the solid-wood rail from the cutoff.’
    • ‘Having completed the cut, the dealer exposes a card to determine who will be dealt the first card.’
    • ‘Following winter storms, cobbles and rocky platforms are exposed, and the sand beach may only partially recover during the low waves of summer.’
    • ‘My midriff fully exposed as well as the back of my sports bra.’
    • ‘For example, the Martian polar caps exhibit extensive layers that have been exposed by subsequent erosion.’
    • ‘The membrane was exposed for autoradiography and then probed with anti-HA.’
    • ‘The circle was only exposed at low tide, for two to five hours.’
    • ‘People are being warned not to enter the old camp at Killinthomas Wood outside Rathangan following an explosion during a fire at the site which exposed Asbestos.’
    • ‘He pressed a button and a door hissed open, exposing a long dark corridor that hardly looked big enough for a grown-up to walk in.’
    reveal, uncover, lay bare, bare, leave unprotected
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    1. 1.1often expose someone toCause someone to be vulnerable or at risk.
      ‘many newcomers are exposing themselves to injury’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The plain was as flat as a tabletop, and she instinctively felt exposed and vulnerable, there being no possible way to conceal one's presence.’
      • ‘She wanted to protest, feeling more defenceless and exposed than ever with her back to any possible threat.’
      • ‘Never sit in front of or with your back to a door or window, which leaves you exposed and vulnerable.’
      • ‘I had read her secret diary; she should have been feeling exposed and vulnerable at least a little bit, right?’
      • ‘When dawn came, I saw that my hiding place was no good - I was as exposed as a newborn baby.’
      • ‘The earth lay open and exposed, its surface turned back like flaps of skin on a human chest, ready for surgery.’
      • ‘This attitude, at once exposed and cautious, open and liberated, characterizes her prose.’
      • ‘And he'll be riding thousands of miles, exposed on the open roads of their country!’
      • ‘To leave them thus open and exposed is to place temptation in the way of would - be looters and smugglers.’
      make vulnerable, make subject, subject, lay open
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    2. 1.2expose someone toIntroduce someone to (a subject or area of knowledge)
      ‘students were exposed to statistics in high school’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It brings a challenge but it exposes you to different business areas.’
      • ‘This is important as it constantly exposes me to different types of knowledge and perspectives on life.’
      • ‘During our quest for knowledge, we are exposed to a variety of research studies based on different research designs.’
      • ‘The children would add information to the projects as they were exposed to new knowledge.’
      • ‘As an undergraduate, mathematics had been his preferred subject and he was exposed to political economy only in an introductory course taught by Hadley.’
      • ‘This is a youth sports programme that provides all children with the opportunity to actively participate in physical education by exposing them to skills and knowledge of individual sports.’
      • ‘Clinicians can mentor students placed in the perioperative area and expose them to aspects of perioperative nursing that first interested these educators in this specialty.’
      • ‘Having grown up and lived in a very multicultural area of London, I have been exposed to many forms of religion.’
      • ‘When I was four or five years old, my parents decided they'd had enough of the city life and moved into a very rural area about 30 miles from Austin, exposing me to a completely new side of American culture.’
      • ‘While providing an environment in which students can work with top experts in specialized areas, the project also aims to expose them to other disciplines.’
      • ‘Our mission is to introduce entrepreneurs to the art of effective networking and to expose them to resources that will assist them in attracting new markets.’
      • ‘Apart from providing a platform for emerging artists, the festival aims to lure people into the inner city and expose them to the venues and positive developments in the area.’
      • ‘Many Americans were first exposed to Breillat's films through Romance, a critically touted but unpopular film.’
      • ‘I learned this through the field experiences that exposed me to different cultures.’
      • ‘This father also reported that he took his son ‘everywhere’ with him, not only to expose him to a variety of experiences, but also for him to walk for exercise.’
      • ‘The idea was to give a venue to its young members for getting stage experience as well as expose them to the world of film classics.’
      • ‘They report great success with the store, since it offers a great way for the reading public to be exposed to comics - and maybe even buy some!’
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    3. 1.3expose oneselfPublicly and indecently display one's genitals.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘A motorist repeatedly blocked the path of a woman after indecently exposing himself to her as she waited for a bus on a busy Richmond road.’
      • ‘He was convicted twice in 1989 for indecently exposing himself to ten-year-old girls.’
      • ‘Police were today continuing to hunt two men who indecently exposed themselves to girls in Swindon.’
      • ‘Three weeks earlier he exposed himself then indecently assaulted a 17-year-old girl walking in the same area just after 5pm on May 20.’
      • ‘Police are hunting for a sex pest who indecently exposed himself after trapping a 10-year-old girl in a St Annes phone box.’
      • ‘When she turned round, the man indecently exposed himself.’
      • ‘He was a twenty-something, strapping young lad, never having exposed himself publicly!’
      • ‘A flasher has indecently exposed himself to two teenage girls in Broadway as they cycled near a disused railway bridge.’
      • ‘A whistling teenager who indecently exposed himself four times to young girls was today being hunted by police.’
      • ‘The man approached her and indecently exposed himself, before making a grab for her.’
      • ‘So, all incidents of females exposing themselves in public, where pictures are taken which result in disciplinary action or loss of job, shall now be called examples of the Bosley-Cherry Disconnect.’
      • ‘He also has allegations of exposing himself and urinating in public.’
      • ‘The court heard he had three previous convictions of outraging public decency after exposing himself in front of women in Manchester city centre.’
      • ‘The old Rastafarian who screams in the park was arrested for trying to steal a handbag and for exposing himself in a public place.’
      • ‘In each case the offender rode up on a mountain bike and sped off after committing an indecent assault or exposing himself.’
      • ‘Which soap actor made a public apology for exposing himself on the Internet?’
      • ‘A shuffling street drinker with a string of convictions over eight lost years, she is now notorious as the woman who exposes herself in public.’
    4. 1.4Leave (a child) in the open to die.
  • 2Reveal the true, objectionable nature of (someone or something)

    ‘he has been exposed as a liar and a traitor’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was officially exposed as a spy by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1979 and was stripped of his knighthood.’
    • ‘He was exposed as a double agent in the mid 1980s and relocated in mainland Britain.’
    • ‘I was exposed as a neat freak when I house-sat for my editor.’
    • ‘The big issue is, if she's exposed as a fraud before we get our house keys back, I don't want her to go in a tiff and get them duplicated and such.’
    • ‘The reporter was exposed as a fraud last year after complaints from staff and readers that some of his stories appeared to be copied from other newspapers.’
    • ‘His intention to become ordained was thwarted when he was exposed as an agnostic and his religious scepticism caused suspicion in the university.’
    • ‘He was exposed as the worst sort of politician we have in this Parliament.’
    • ‘The newspaper lost face when one of its reporters was exposed as a plagiarist.’
    • ‘How on earth can he make light of being publicly exposed as a liar?’
    • ‘However in recent years this reputation has been exposed as a sham.’
    • ‘Companies which had flourished when no one examined them too closely were suddenly exposed as shams.’
    • ‘The overwhelming musical score and the too consistent whirling dervish camera only work to expose the film's desperate bid to keep its core vapidity under wraps.’
    • ‘I fear that I'll betray my lack of formal film education and be exposed for the fraud that I am.’
    • ‘In the final analysis though, this film too, exposes the darker and more savage aspect of ‘civilized’ urban society.’
    • ‘The answer is you point out that plagiarists will be exposed and shamed in public - and this is exactly what happened two decades ago with the VC.’
    • ‘Yet he loves to expose those in the public eye, especially Tory politicians, for sleaze.’
    • ‘The applicant, at trial, was effectively exposed as a sham.’
    uncover, reveal, show, display, exhibit, disclose, manifest, unveil, unmask
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    1. 2.1Make (something embarrassing or damaging) public.
      ‘the situation exposed a conflict within the government’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From now on, all such information will no longer be exposed to the public.’
      • ‘Those issues aside, many citizens want the tribunals to be very public - both to expose the past's horrors and to prove that justice is done.’
      • ‘Isn't there advantage in exposing the fissures within society itself?’
      • ‘The party chair race has exposed deep fissures within the Democratic Party.’
      • ‘The Stevens report has exposed what that means - the state organising and covering up the murder of innocent people.’
      • ‘After their bowling inadequacies were exposed earlier in the series, Australia gambled this time by dropping a batsman.’
      • ‘But there are also other developmental and infrastructural stories that need to be exposed by the media.’
      • ‘The truth is he did not, which further exposes his hypocrisy and irresponsibility.’
      • ‘The problems have largely been of confidence and that has often been exposed at the French Open, where she seems to suffer from the burden of home expectation and has a relatively poor record.’
      • ‘Perhaps they are just too shy and tender to expose their sensitive and creative sides to the cruel world.’
      • ‘The former chief executive is set to sue the club in a move that could see the turmoil surrounding his replacement's ruthless takeover exposed in open court.’
      • ‘On the day Laois were cruelly punished as a rampant Tyrone side tore them apart and cruelly exposed their frailties.’
      • ‘Real whistleblowers expose wrongdoing while it is going on.’
      • ‘We have seen that similar roles of the press are developing there too as media expose corruption.’
  • 3Subject (photographic film) to light when operating a camera.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Her work makes excellent use of what looks like badly exposed outdated Polaroid film.’
    • ‘Until the early 1900s, photographic films had to be exposed for some 10 seconds.’



/ɪkˈspəʊz/ /ɛkˈspəʊz/


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’.

Main meanings of exposé in English

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  • A report in the media that reveals something discreditable.

    ‘a shocking exposé of a medical cover-up’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The details revealed in the Times exposé underscore the enormous dangers facing the working class.’
    • ‘Hersh's original piece was relatively tame, as scandalous exposés go.’
    • ‘This is a shocking exposé of the food industry that will make readers look seriously at the contents of their supermarket trolleys.’
    • ‘This book is scandalous not because of shocking exposés, but rather because of its very publication.’
    • ‘The secret life of librarians is revealed in this shocking exposé.’
    • ‘For all its vaunted independence, the newspaper produced very few exposés and scoops, and it developed very little in the way of new talent.’
    • ‘A series of financial scandals, newspaper exposés and internal feuds eventually sunk the Klan of the 1920s, despite its political power.’
    • ‘Yet one striking feature of the BBC exposé was how few racists the secret interviewer/agent provocateur managed to expose.’
    • ‘He was consulted when various publications and the media in the West including the BBC decided to do exposés on these groups.’
    • ‘Their razor-sharp wit, travel essays, dysfunctional family exposés and cultural critiques are easy, intelligent reading.’
    • ‘Just released in the US when I was there were two eye-popping exposés of the industry and its corrupting effect on medical science.’
    • ‘One might think that exposés of this kind would lead the media to take a fresh look at some of the US-UK governments' earlier claims justifying war.’
    • ‘He was sentenced to four years jail on a charge of perverting the course of justice after years of exposés of his links with organised crime and senior police.’
    • ‘Not only do I hold a press card authorised by Scotland Yard, but I have carried out several undercover exposés in the past three years.’
    • ‘Responding to early protests and a number of exposés regarding its treatment of workers, the shoe company adopted a code of conduct for itself and its manufacturers in 1992.’
    • ‘The plant's move to China was denounced in lengthy magazine exposés from both the right and left.’
    • ‘The contents were largely ‘taboo’ subjects with many hitherto unknown exposés that named hundreds of local, provincial and national officials and up to a thousand peasants.’
    revelation, disclosure, exposure, uncovering, divulgence
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/ɪkˈspəʊzeɪ/ /ɛkˈspəʊzeɪ/


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