transitive verb[with object]
1Make (something) visible by uncovering it.
reveal, uncover, lay bare, bare, leave unprotectedView synonyms
- ‘at low tide the sands are exposed’
- 1.1often expose someone toCause someone to be vulnerable or at risk.
make vulnerable, make subject, subject, lay openView synonyms
- ‘many newcomers are exposing themselves to injury’
- 1.2expose someone toIntroduce someone to (a subject or area of knowledge)
- ‘students were exposed to statistics in high school’
- 1.3expose oneselfPublicly and indecently display one's genitals.flashView synonyms
- 1.4Leave (a child) in the open to die.
2Reveal the true, objectionable nature of (someone or something)
uncover, reveal, show, display, exhibit, disclose, manifest, unveil, unmaskView synonyms
- ‘he has been exposed as a liar and a traitor’
- 2.1Make (something embarrassing or damaging) public.
- ‘investigations exposed a vast network of illegalities’
3Subject (photographic film) to light when operating a camera.
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 of the facts about something, especially a journalistic report that reveals something scandalous.‘a shocking exposé of a medical cover-up’
revelation, disclosure, exposure, uncovering, divulgenceView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Early 19th century from French, ‘shown, set out’, past participle of exposer (see expose).