Main definitions of expose in English

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expose1

Pronunciation /ikˈspōz/ /ɪkˈspoʊz/

transitive verb

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

    ‘at low tide the sands are exposed’
    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’
      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’
      introduce
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    3. 1.3expose oneselfPublicly and indecently display one's genitals.
    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’
    uncover, reveal, show, display, exhibit, disclose, manifest, unveil, unmask
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    1. 2.1Make (something embarrassing or damaging) public.
      ‘investigations exposed a vast network of illegalities’
  • 3Subject (photographic film) to light when operating a camera.

Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

expose

/ikˈspōz/ /ɪkˈspoʊz/

Main definitions of exposé in English

: expose1exposé2

exposé2

Pronunciation /ˌekspōˈzā/ /ˌɛkspoʊˈzeɪ/

noun

  • A report of the facts about something, especially a journalistic report that reveals something scandalous.

    ‘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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Origin

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

Pronunciation

exposé

/ˌekspōˈzā/ /ˌɛkspoʊˈzeɪ/