Definition of expose verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspəʊz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspoʊz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they expose
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspəʊz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspoʊz//
    he / she / it exposes
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspəʊzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspoʊzɪz//
    past simple exposed
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspəʊzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspoʊzd//
    past participle exposed
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspəʊzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspoʊzd//
    -ing form exposing
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspəʊzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈspoʊzɪŋ//
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    show something hidden
  1. 1  to show something that is usually hidden synonym reveal expose something He smiled suddenly, exposing a set of amazingly white teeth. Miles of sand are exposed at low tide. My job as a journalist is to expose the truth. expose something to somebody He did not want to expose his fears and insecurity to anyone.
  2. show truth
  3. 2  expose somebody/something (as something) to tell the true facts about a person or a situation, and show them/it to be immoral, illegal, etc. She was exposed as a liar and a fraud. He threatened to expose the racism that existed within the police force.
  4. to something harmful
  5. 3  expose somebody/something/yourself (to something) to put somebody/something in a place or situation where they are not protected from something harmful or unpleasant to expose yourself to ridicule Do not expose babies to strong sunlight. The roof collapsed, exposing the timbers to the elements. You could be exposing yourself to unnecessary risks when driving alone.
  6. give experience
  7. 4expose somebody to something to let somebody find out about something by giving them experience of it or showing them what it is like We want to expose the kids to as much art and culture as possible. mountain communities that had not been exposed to tourism before
  8. film in camera
  9. 5expose something to allow light onto the film inside a camera when taking a photograph
  10. yourself
  11. 6expose yourself a man who exposes himself, shows his sexual organs in public in a way that is offensive to other people
  12. see also exposure
    Extra examples He was outclassed by an Aston Villa side that cruelly exposed his lack of pace. He was publicly exposed as a liar and a cheat. She has been exposed as a fraud. She lifted her chin in a gesture that deliberately exposed the line of her throat. The general public is constantly exposed to radiation. These drawings must not be exposed to the air. a report which clearly exposes the weakness of the government’s economic policy He laughed, revealing/​exposing a line of white teeth. She found herself suddenly exposed to public ridicule. The roof collapsed, exposing the timbers to the elements. You could be exposing yourself to unnecessary risks.
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