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.

Definitions of expose
  1. verb
    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
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    show
    make visible or noticeable
  2. verb
    remove all or part of one's clothes to show one's body
    “The man exposed himself in the subway”
    synonyms: uncover
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    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
  3. verb
    disclose to view as by removing a cover
    synonyms: disclose
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    face
    turn so as to expose the face
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    bring out, reveal, uncover, unveil
    make visible
  4. verb
    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
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    subject
    cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to
  5. verb
    put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
    synonyms: endanger, peril, queer, scupper
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    compromise
    expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute
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    affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
    have an effect upon
  6. verb
    abandon by leaving out in the open air
    “The infant was exposed by the teenage mother”
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    abandon, desert, desolate, forsake
    leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
  7. verb
    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
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    tell
    let something be known
  8. verb
    expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas
    synonyms: debunk
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    uncloak, unmask
    reveal the true nature of
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    blackguard, guy, jest at, laugh at, make fun, poke fun, rib, ridicule, roast
    subject to laughter or ridicule
  9. noun
    the exposure of an impostor or a fraud
    “he published an expose of the graft and corruption in city government”
    synonyms: unmasking
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    exposure
    the disclosure of something secret
  10. verb
    expose to light, of photographic film
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    overexpose
    expose to too much light
    underexpose
    expose to too little light
    solarise, solarize
    overexpose to sunlight
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    subject
    cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to
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