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- Rhymes: -əʊz
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”).
- (transitive) To reveal, uncover, make visible, bring to light, introduce to.
2013 June 7, Gary Younge, “Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 18:
- 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.
- (transitive) To subject photographic film to light thereby recording an image.
- (transitive) To abandon, especially an unwanted baby in the wilderness.
- To submit to an active (mostly dangerous) substance like an allergen, ozone, nicotine, solvent, or to any other stress, in order to test the reaction, resistance, etc.
- (to reveal [a hidden aspect of one's character]): bewray
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