Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: exposer, from Latin exponere 'to put out, explain', from ponere 'to put'


Related topics: Photography
ex‧pose W3 [transitive]


to show something that is usually covered or hidden:
He lifted his T-shirt to expose a jagged scar across his chest.
expose something to something
Potatoes turn green when exposed to light.

to something dangerous

to put someone in a situation where they are not protected from something dangerous or unpleasant
expose somebody to something
The report revealed that workers had been exposed to high levels of radiation.
expose yourself to ridicule/criticism etc (=say or do something that may make people laugh at you, criticize you etc)

tell the truth

to show the truth about someone or something, especially when it is bad:
The film exposes the utter horror of war.
The report exposes the weaknesses of modern medical practice.
expose somebody as something
The baron was exposed as a liar and a cheat.


to make it possible for someone to experience new ideas, ways of life etc
expose somebody to something
Some children are never exposed to classical music.

expose yourself

if a man exposes himself, he shows his sexual organs to someone he does not know in a public place, usually because he is mentally ill


TCP to allow light onto a piece of film in a camera in order to take a photograph


to show other people feelings that you usually hide, especially when this is not planned:
I'm afraid I might expose my real feelings for him.

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