expose

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Etymology[edit]

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).

Verb[edit]

expose (third-person singular simple present exposes, present participle exposing, simple past and past participle exposed)

  1. (transitive) To uncover, make visible, bring to daylight, introduce to.
    • 2013 June 7, Gary Younge, “Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 18: 
      WikiLeaks did not cause these uprisings but it certainly informed them. The dispatches revealed details of corruption and kleptocracy that many Tunisians suspected, […]. They also exposed the blatant discrepancy between the west's professed values and actual foreign policies.
  2. (transitive) To subject photographic film to light thus ruining it or taking a picture if controlled.
  3. (transitive) To abandon, especially an unwanted baby in the wilderness.
    • 1893, Nansen, Eskimo Life, page 152
      This they do, as a rule, by exposing the child or throwing it into the sea.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (to reveal a hidden aspect of one's character): bewray

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

expose

  1. first-person singular present indicative of exposer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of exposer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of exposer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of exposer
  5. second-person singular imperative of exposer