expose: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ik-spōz'), [key]
— -posed, -pos•ing.
  1. to lay open to danger, attack, harm, etc.: to expose soldiers to gunfire; to expose one's character to attack.
  2. to lay open to something specified: to expose oneself to the influence of bad companions.
  3. to uncover or bare to the air, cold, etc.: to expose one's head to the rain.
  4. to present to view; exhibit; display: The storekeeper exposed his wares.
  5. to make known, disclose, or reveal (intentions, secrets, etc.).
  6. to reveal or unmask (a crime, fraud, impostor, etc.): to expose a swindler.
  7. to hold up to public reprehension or ridicule (fault, folly, a foolish act or person, etc.).
  8. to desert in an unsheltered or open place; abandon, as a child.
  9. to subject, as to the action of something: to expose a photographic plate to light.
  10. to exhibit one's body, esp. one's genitals, publicly in an immodest or exhibitionistic manner.


Pronunciation: (ek"spō-zā'), [key]
— n.
  1. a public exposure or revelation, as of something discreditable: Certain cheap magazines make a fortune out of sensational exposés.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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