Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To subject or allow to be subjected to an action, influence, or condition: exposed themselves to disease; exposed their children to classical music.
  • transitive v. To subject (a photographic film, for example) to the action of light.
  • transitive v. To deprive of shelter or protection; lay open to danger or harm: troops that were exposed to gunfire.
  • transitive v. To make visible: Cleaning exposed the grain of the wood. See Synonyms at show.
  • transitive v. To make known (something discreditable).
  • transitive v. To reveal the guilt or wrongdoing of: expose a criminal.
  • transitive v. To engage in indecent exposure of (oneself).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to uncover, make visible, bring to daylight, introduce to
  • v. to subject photographic film to light thus ruining it or taking a picture if controlled
  • v. to abandon, especially an unwanted baby in the wilderness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To set forth; to set out to public view; to exhibit; to show; to display
  • transitive v. To lay bare; to lay open to attack, danger, or anything objectionable; to render accessible to anything which may affect, especially detrimentally; to make liable
  • transitive v. To deprive of concealment; to discover; to lay open to public inspection, or bring to public notice, as a thing that shuns publicity, something criminal, shameful, or the like.
  • transitive v. To disclose the faults or reprehensible practices of; to lay open to general condemnation or contempt by making public the character or arts of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To place or set forth so as to be seen or known; lay open to view; lay bare; uncover; reveal: as, to expose a thing to the light; to expose a secret.
  • To place on view; exhibit; show: as, to expose goods for sale.
  • To present to the action or influence of something: as, in photography, to expose a sensitized plate to the action of the actinic rays of light.
  • To place or leave in an unprotected place or state; specifically, to abandon to chance in an open or unprotected place: as, among the ancient Greeks it was not uncommon for parents to expose their children.
  • To place in the way, as of something which it would be better to avoid; subject, as to some risk; make liable: as, vanity exposes a person to ridicule; the movement exposed him to the danger of a raking fire in his flanks.
  • To make known the actions or character of; reveal the secret or secrets of; lay open to comment, ridicule, reprehension, or the like, by some revelation: as, to expose a hypocrite or a rogue; to expose an impostor.
  • To expound, as a theory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. expose to light, of photographic film
  • v. expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas
  • v. abandon by leaving out in the open air
  • v. put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position
  • v. remove all or part of one's clothes to show one's body
  • v. disclose to view as by removing a cover
  • v. make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  • v. expose or make accessible to some action or influence
  • v. to show, make visible or apparent
  • n. the exposure of an impostor or a fraud

Etymologies

Middle English exposen, from Old French exposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin expōnere, to set forth; see expound.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French exposer ("to lay open, set forth"), from Latin expōnō ("set forth"), with contamination from poser ("to lay, place"). The Latin term is also the origin of English expound, via Old French espondre ("to set forth, explain"). (Wiktionary)

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  • my plan got exposed by my parents

    March 9, 2007