What is the meaning of expose?


  • The exposure of an impostor or a fraud.
    • usage: "he published an expose of the graft and corruption in city government"


  • Expose or make accessible to some action or influence.
    • usage: "Expose your students to art"; "expose the blanket to sunshine"
  • Make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret.
    • usage: "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
  • To show, make visible or apparent.
    • usage: "The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month"; "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts"; "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"
  • Remove all or part of one's clothes to show one's body.
    • usage: "uncover your belly"; "The man exposed himself in the subway"
  • Disclose to view as by removing a cover.
    • usage: "The curtain rose to disclose a stunning set"
  • Put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position.
  • Expose to light, of photographic film.
  • Expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas.
    • usage: "The physicist debunked the psychic's claims"
  • Abandon by leaving out in the open air.
    • usage: "The infant was exposed by the teenage mother"; "After Christmas, many pets get abandoned"
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