Main definitions of expose in English

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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’
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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.



/ikˈspōz/ /ɪkˈspoʊz/


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 definitions of exposé in English

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  • 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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/ˌekspōˈzā/ /ˌɛkspoʊˈzeɪ/


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