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verb [transitive] expose pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈspoʊz/
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present tense
present participleexposing
past tenseexposed
past participleexposed
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  1. 1
    to fail to protect someone or something from something harmful or dangerous
    expose someone/something to something: Many of the soldiers had been exposed to radiation.
    Why do we still sunbathe when we know the dangers of exposing our skin to the sun?
    The sale exposed the company to widespread criticism.
  2. 2
    to allow something that is usually covered or hidden to be seen
    The melting snow exposed the spring flowers.
    Many people like to expose old floorboards.
  3. 3
    to deliberately make something publicly known because you believe that it is wrong or illegal
    The press helped to expose the appalling living conditions of the farm workers.
    expose someone/something as something: The videotape of the meeting exposed him as thoroughly corrupt (=showed that he was corrupt).
  4. 4
    formal to provide someone with the opportunity to experience new ideas, activities, etc. so that they can learn about them
    expose someone to something: Schools are again exposing children to the classics.


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