What does expose mean?

Definitions for expose
ˌɛk spoʊˈzeɪex·pose

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expose, unmaskingverb

    the exposure of an impostor or a fraud

    "he published an expose of the graft and corruption in city government"

  2. exposeverb

    expose or make accessible to some action or influence

    "Expose your students to art"; "expose the blanket to sunshine"

  3. unwrap, disclose, let on, bring out, reveal, discover, expose, divulge, break, give away, let outverb

    make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

    "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"

  4. expose, exhibit, displayverb

    to show, make visible or apparent

    "The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month"; "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts?"; "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"

  5. uncover, exposeverb

    remove all or part of one's clothes to show one's body

    "uncover your belly"; "The man exposed himself in the subway"

  6. disclose, exposeverb

    disclose to view as by removing a cover

    "The curtain rose to disclose a stunning set"

  7. queer, expose, scupper, endanger, perilverb

    put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position

  8. exposeverb

    expose to light, of photographic film

  9. debunk, exposeverb

    expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas

    "The physicist debunked the psychic's claims"

  10. exposeverb

    abandon by leaving out in the open air

    "The infant was exposed by the teenage mother"; "After Christmas, many pets get abandoned"


  1. exposénoun

    publication of some disreputable facts

  2. exposeverb

    to uncover, make visible, bring to daylight, introduce to

  3. exposeverb

    to subject photographic film to light thus ruining it or taking a picture if controlled

  4. exposeverb

    to abandon, especially an unwanted baby in the wilderness

    This they do, as a rule, by exposing the child or throwing it into the sea. --Nansen, Eskimo Life (1893), page 152

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EXPOSEverb

    Etymology: expono, expositum, Lat. exposer, French.

    Take physick, pomp;
    Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel,
    That thou may’st shake the superflux to them,
    And shew heav’n just. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Who here
    Will envy whom the highest place exposes
    Foremost to stand against the Thunderer’s aim? John Milton, P. L.

    To pass the riper period of his age,
    Acting his part upon a crowded stage,
    To lasting toils expos’d, and endless cares,
    To open dangers, and to secret snares. Matthew Prior.

    But still he held his purpose to depart;
    For as he lov’d her equal to his life,
    He would not to the seas expose his wife. Dryden.

    Then joyous birds frequent the lonely grove,
    And beasts, by nature strong, renew their love;
    Then fields the blades of bury’d corn disclose,
    And while the balmy western spirit blows,
    Earth to the breath her bosom dares expose. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Like Quintus Horatius Flaccus, you only expose the follies of men, without arraigning their vices. John Dryden, Juv. Dedication.

    Marcus Tullius Cicero has justly exposed a precept, that a man should live with his friend in such a manner, that if he became his enemy, it should not be in his power to hurt him. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    A fool might once himself alone expose;
    Now one in verse makes many more in prose. Alexander Pope.

    Your fame and your property suffer alike, you are at once exposed and plundered. Alexander Pope.

    Those who seek truth only, freely expose their principles to the test, and are pleased to have them examined. John Locke.

    The exposing himself notoriously did sometimes change the fortune of the day, when his troops begun to give ground. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    A father, unnaturally careless of his child, gives him to another man; and he again exposes him: a third man finding him, breeds up and provides for him as his own. John Locke.

    Helpless and naked on a woman’s knees,
    To be expos’d or rear’d as she may please,
    Feel her neglect, and pine from her disease. Matthew Prior.

    A little wit is equally capable of exposing a beauty, and of aggravating a fault. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 29.



    EXPOSE is a multi-user facility mounted outside the International Space Station (ISS) dedicated to astrobiology. EXPOSE was developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) for long-term spaceflights and was designed to allow exposure of chemical and biological samples to outer space while recording data during exposure.The results will contribute to our understanding of photobiological processes in simulated radiation climates of planets (e.g. early Earth, early and present Mars, and the role of the ozone layer in protecting the biosphere from harmful UV-B radiation), as well as studies of the probabilities and limitations for life to be distributed beyond its planet of origin. EXPOSE data support long-term in situ studies of microbes in artificial meteorites, as well as of microbial communities from special ecological niches. Some EXPOSE experiments investigated to what extent particular terrestrial organisms are able to cope with extraterrestrial environmental conditions. Others tested how organic molecules react when subjected for a prolonged period of time to unfiltered solar light.


  1. expose

    To expose means to make something visible or known, often something that was previously hidden, concealed, or unknown. It can involve revealing or unmasking information, facts, or situations to public knowledge or view. It can also refer to making a person or object susceptible or subject to an experience, influence, or effect. In photography, to expose means to subject a photographic film or sensor to light in order to capture an image.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exposeverb

    to set forth; to set out to public view; to exhibit; to show; to display; as, to expose goods for sale; to expose pictures to public inspection

  2. Exposeverb

    to lay bare; to lay open to attack, danger, or anything objectionable; to render accessible to anything which may affect, especially detrimentally; to make liable; as, to expose one's self to the heat of the sun, or to cold, insult, danger, or ridicule; to expose an army to destruction or defeat

  3. Exposeverb

    to deprive of concealment; to discover; to lay open to public inspection, or bring to public notice, as a thing that shuns publicity, something criminal, shameful, or the like; as, to expose the faults of a neighbor

  4. Exposeverb

    to disclose the faults or reprehensible practices of; to lay open to general condemnation or contempt by making public the character or arts of; as, to expose a cheat, liar, or hypocrite

  5. Exposeverb

    a formal recital or exposition of facts; exposure, or revelation, of something which some one wished to keep concealed

  6. Etymology: [F., prop. p. p. of exposer. See Expose, v. t.]


  1. Expose

    Exposé is an American vocal group. Primarily consisting of lead vocalists Ann Curless, Jeanette Jurado, and Gioia Bruno, the group achieved much of their success between 1987 and 1993, becoming the first group to have four top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from their debut album, including their 1988 #1 hit "Seasons Change". The group was popular in dance clubs, mainstream Top 40 and adult contemporary charts in the United States. The group actively toured and recorded music from 1985 to 1995, then retired from recording and public performances until 2003, and currently tour today.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Expose

    eks-pōz′, v.t. to lay forth to view: to deprive of cover, protection, or shelter: to make bare: to abandon (an infant): to explain: to make liable to: to disclose: to show up.—ns. Exposé (eks-pō-zā′), an exposing: a shameful showing up: a formal recital or exposition; Expos′edness, the act of exposing: the state of being exposed; Expos′er; Exposi′tion, act of exposing: a setting out to public view: the abandonment of a child: a public exhibition: act of expounding, or laying open of the meaning of an author: explanation: commentary.—adj. Expos′itive, serving to expose or explain: explanatory: exegetical.—n. Expos′itor, one who, or that which, expounds: an interpreter:—fem. Expos′itress.—adj. Expos′itory, serving to explain: explanatory.—n. Expō′sure (Shak., Expos′ture), act of laying open or bare: act of showing up an evil: state of being laid bare: openness to danger: position with regard to the sun, influence of climate, &c. [Fr. exposer—L. exponĕre, to expose.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Expose is ranked #99378 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Expose surname appeared 182 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Expose.

    92.8% or 169 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'expose' in Verbs Frequency: #546

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expose in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of expose in a Sentence

  1. Michaela Boehm:

    You are doing it in the privacy of your bedroom or your living room, where you are watching. There’s no stigma attached, and you are not having to expose yourself. You get to inch into the water, so to speak, one little toe at a time.

  2. Cassie Smedile:

    With Democrats controlling every lever of our government, these efforts have only become more flagrant and pervasive. No institution, agency or classroom is off limits, the American people deserve to be made fully aware of the radical Left's schemes, and we'll continue to expose them.

  3. Christopher Chang:

    What we do is expose the value proposition to them such that it outweighs what they perceive as the risks, it’s no different from you getting up in the morning and getting in a car, bus or subway and going to work and understanding that there is an innate risk in doing so. It’s not our job to basically tell you what you think is risky or not.

  4. Nicole Longo:

    PhRMA supports the FDA's efforts to crack down on organizations that are circumventing its robust safety and efficacy requirements, drug importation schemes expose Americans to potentially unsafe, counterfeit or adulterated medicines.

  5. Mike Reynolds:

    I think that today is an excellent day to expose the hypocrisy in our state government, whether it’s the Supreme Court, the attorney general or the governor’s office making bad decisions, it’s time for citizens to start looking for ways to change the process.

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Translations for expose

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  • експонирам, откривам, разкривамBulgarian
  • vystavit, exponovatCzech
  • entblößen, offenbaren, aufdeckenGerman
  • exponer, revelar, exhibir, descubrirSpanish
  • valottaa, paljastaaFinnish
  • exposerFrench
  • rùisg, foillsich, nochdScottish Gaelic
  • paparIndonesian
  • 暴露する, 暴く, 晒す, 露光させるJapanese
  • rakorako, whakaariMāori
  • [[zichtbaar]] [[maken]], blootstellen, blootleggenDutch
  • ukazać, odsłonić, naświetlićPolish
  • revelar, exporPortuguese
  • expune, a face publicRomanian
  • раскрывать, обнажать, делать выдержку, выставлятьRussian
  • blottlägga, exponeraSwedish
  • เปิดเผยThai

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    a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
    • A. snap
    • B. abandon
    • C. ternion
    • D. sheath

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