- not concealed; displayed for viewing
- without shelter from the elements
- susceptible to attack or criticism; vulnerable
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- left or being without shelter or protection:The house stood on a windy, exposed cliff.
- laid open to view; unconcealed:an exposed king of spades.
- susceptible to attack;
- expose + -ed2 1620–30
- to lay open to danger, attack, or harm:the risk of exposing people to disease.
- to uncover;
bare:to expose one's head to the rain.
- to present to view;
ex•po•sé /ˌɛkspoʊˈzeɪ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
- a public revelation, as of something dishonest:a magazine exposé on political corruption.
- to lay open to danger, attack, harm, etc.:to expose soldiers to gunfire; to expose one's character to attack.
- to lay open to something specified:to expose oneself to the influence of bad companions.
- to uncover or bare to the air, cold, etc.:to expose one's head to the rain.
- to present to view;
display:The storekeeper exposed his wares.
- to make known, disclose, or reveal (intentions, secrets, etc.).
- to reveal or unmask (a crime, fraud, impostor, etc.):to expose a swindler.
- to hold up to public reprehension or ridicule (fault, folly, a foolish act or person, etc.).
- to desert in an unsheltered or open place;
abandon, as a child.
- Photographyto subject, as to the action of something:to expose a photographic plate to light.
- Idiomsexpose oneself, to exhibit one's body, esp. one's genitals, publicly in an immodest or exhibitionistic manner.
- Old French exposer, equivalent. to ex- ex-1 + poser to put (see pose1), rendering Latin expōnere to put out, expose, set forth in words; see expound
- late Middle English exposen 1425–75
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged subject, endanger, imperil, jeopardize.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged uncover, unveil, betray.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged protect, shield.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged conceal, hide, cover up.
ex•po•sé (ek′spō zā′),USA pronunciation n.
- a public exposure or revelation, as of something discreditable:Certain cheap magazines make a fortune out of sensational exposés.
- French, noun, nominal use of past participle of exposer to expose
- to display for viewing; exhibit
- to bring to public notice; disclose; reveal
- to divulge the identity of; unmask
- (followed by to) to make subject or susceptible (to attack, criticism, etc)
- to abandon (a child, animal, etc) in the open to die
- (followed by to) to introduce (to) or acquaint (with)
- to subject (a photographic film or plate) to light, X-rays, or some other type of actinic radiation
- expose oneself ⇒ to display one's sexual organs in public
exˈposable adj exˈposal n exˈposer n