expose

To expose means to uncover or allow to be in the open air. If you take off your coat and expose your bare arms to the terrible cold, your tattoos might freeze off. (Note: We don’t actually know if this is physically possible.)

When you pronounce expose as it’s spelled, it can mean to leave out in the air, to put in peril (when you expose someone to danger), or to uncover. All of those examples are actions. However, when you pronounce it as though there is a French accent on the final "e," ex-poh-ZAY, it means the unmasking or exposure of something hidden (and usually bad or fraudulent), as when you watch an expose on 60 Minutes about the evils of frozen orange juice or some other toxic substance.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: expose

1
v
to show, make visible or apparent
2
v
put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
3
vn
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 exposure of an impostor or a fraud
4
v
expose to light, of photographic film
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: expose
1

v to show, make visible or apparent

Synonyms:
display, exhibit
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open
display the contents of a file or start an application as on a computer
bring forth, produce
bring out for display
hold up
hold up something as an example; hold up one's achievements for admiration
bench
exhibit on a bench
moon
expose one's buttocks to
flash, flaunt, ostentate, show off, swank
display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
brandish
exhibit aggressively
model
display (clothes) as a mannequin
model, pose, posture, sit
assume a posture as for artistic purposes
gibbet, pillory
expose to ridicule or public scorn
turn on
produce suddenly or automatically
flex
exhibit the strength of
splurge
be showy or ostentatious
ramp
be rampant
Type of:
show
make visible or noticeable

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

“The man exposed himself in the subway”
Synonyms:
uncover
Antonyms:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered
cover, spread over
form a cover over
cover, overlay
put something on top of something else
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undo, unwrap
remove the outer cover or wrapping of
undrape
strip something of drapery
unclothe
take the covers off
bare
lay bare
unmask
take the mask off
unveil
remove the veil from

v disclose to view as by removing a cover

Synonyms:
disclose
Types:
face
turn so as to expose the face
Type of:
bring out, reveal, uncover, unveil
make visible

v expose or make accessible to some action or influence

Expose your students to art”
expose the blanket to sunshine”
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ventilate
expose to the circulation of fresh air so as to retard spoilage
insolate, solarise, solarize, sun
expose to the rays of the sun or affect by exposure to the sun
aerate, air, air out
expose to fresh air
overexpose
expose excessively
underexpose
expose insufficiently
Type of:
subject
cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to
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v put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position

Synonyms:
endanger, peril, queer, scupper
Types:
compromise
expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute
Type of:
affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
have an effect upon

v abandon by leaving out in the open air

“The infant was exposed by the teenage mother”
Type of:
abandon, desert, desolate, forsake
leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
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v make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

Synonyms:
break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap
break, get around, get out
be released or become known; of news
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blackwash
bring (information) out of concealment
muckrake
explore and expose misconduct and scandals concerning public figures
blow
cause to be revealed and jeopardized
out
reveal (something) about somebody's identity or lifestyle
come out, come out of the closet, out
to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality
spring
produce or disclose suddenly or unexpectedly
betray, bewray
reveal unintentionally
confide
reveal in private; tell confidentially
leak
tell anonymously
babble, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, sing, spill the beans, talk, tattle
divulge confidential information or secrets
reveal
disclose directly or through prophets
relieve, unbosom
relieve oneself of troubling information
Type of:
tell
let something be known

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

Synonyms:
debunk
Types:
uncloak, unmask
reveal the true nature of
Type of:
blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule, roast
subject to laughter or ridicule

n the exposure of an impostor or a fraud

“he published an expose of the graft and corruption in city government”
Synonyms:
unmasking
Type of:
exposure
the disclosure of something secret
4

v expose to light, of photographic film

Types:
overexpose
expose to too much light
underexpose
expose to too little light
solarise, solarize
overexpose to sunlight
Type of:
subject
cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to
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