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tr.v. ex·posed, ex·pos·ing, ex·pos·es
a. To subject or allow to be subjected to an action, influence, or condition: exposed themselves to disease; exposed their children to classical music.
b. To subject (a photographic film, for example) to the action of light.
c. To deprive of shelter or protection; lay open to danger or harm: troops that were exposed to gunfire.
2. To make visible: Cleaning exposed the grain of the wood. See Synonyms at show.
a. To make known (something discreditable).
b. To reveal the guilt or wrongdoing of: expose a criminal.
4. To engage in indecent exposure of (oneself).
[Middle English exposen, from Old French exposer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin expōnere, to set forth; see expound.]
1. An exposure or a revelation of something discreditable.
2. A formal exposition of facts.
[French, past participle of exposer, to expose, from Old French; see expose.]
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