English dictionary

expose meaning and definition


Definition of expose (noun)

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


Definition of expose (verb)

  1. expose or make accessible to some action or influence
    • "Expose your students to art"; "expose the blanket to sunshine"
  2. make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  3. to show, make visible or apparent
    • "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"
    • synonyms: display, exhibit
  4. remove all or part of one's clothes to show one's body
    • "uncover your belly"; "The man exposed himself in the subway"
    • synonyms: uncover
    • antonym: cover
  5. disclose to view as by removing a cover
    • "The curtain rose to disclose a stunning set"
    • synonyms: disclose
  6. put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
  7. expose to light, of photographic film
  8. expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas
    • "The physicist debunked the psychic's claims"
    • synonyms: debunk
  9. abandon by leaving out in the open air
    • "The infant was exposed by the teenage mother"; "After Christmas, many pets get abandoned"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet