- 1[uncountable] exposure (to something) the state of being in a place or situation where there is no protection from something harmful or unpleasant prolonged exposure to harmful radiation (finance) the company’s exposure on the foreign exchange markets (= to the risk of making financial losses) showing truth
- 2[uncountable] the state of having the true facts about somebody/something told after they have been hidden because they are bad, immoral or illegal his exposure as a liar and a fraud the exposure of illegal currency deals on TV/in newspapers, etc.
- 3[uncountable] the fact of being discussed or mentioned on television, in newspapers, etc. synonym publicity Her new movie has had a lot of exposure in the media. medical condition
- 4 [uncountable] a medical condition caused by being out in very cold weather for too long without protection Two climbers were brought in suffering from exposure. film in camera
- 5[countable] a length of film in a camera that is used to take a photograph There are three exposures left on this roll of film.
- 6[countable] the length of time for which light is allowed to reach the film when taking a photograph I used a long exposure for this one. showing something hidden
- 7[uncountable] the act of showing something that is usually hidden see also indecent exposure Word Origin early 17th cent.: from expose, on the pattern of words such as enclosure.Extra examples Banks will seek to minimize their exposure to risk. He receives regular exposure in the papers. She suffered a massive exposure to toxic chemicals. The climbers were found to be suffering from exposure. The magazine aims to give exposure to the work of women artists. The report recommends people to avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Three of the men died of exposure. We try to give our children exposure to other cultures. a would-be television personality who is constantly trying to get media exposure full exposure of the links between government officials and the arms trade giving children greater exposure to other cultures human exposure to asbestos long-term human exposure to mercury prenatal exposure to cigarette smoke
to something harmful