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"expose" in British English

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exposeverb [T]

uk   /ɪkˈspəʊz/  us   /ɪkˈspoʊz/
  • expose verb [T] (UNCOVER)

to remove what is covering something so that it can be seen: The plaster on the walls has been removed to expose the original bricks underneath. He damaged his leg so badly in the accident that the bone was exposed. This photograph was under-/over-exposed (= too little/too much light was allowed to reach the film).
expose yourself
If a man exposes himself, he shows his sexual organs in a public place to people he does not know.

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  • expose verb [T] (MAKE PUBLIC)

B2 to make public something bad or dishonest: The review exposed widespread corruption in the police force. The newspaper story exposed him as (= showed that he was) a liar.
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exposénoun [C]

uk   /ekˈspəʊ.zeɪ/  us   /ˌek.spəˈzeɪ/
a public report of the facts about a situation, especially one that is shocking or has been kept secret: Today's newspaper contains a searing exposé of police corruption.
(Definition of expose from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"expose" in American English

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exposeverb [T]

 us   /ɪkˈspoʊz/
  • expose verb [T] (BE SEEN)

to make something covered or hidden able to be seen: The plaster was removed to expose the original brick wall.
  • expose verb [T] (SHOW THE TRUTH)

to publicly show that someone or something is bad or dishonest: He was exposed as a fraud and a liar.
  • expose verb [T] (BE HARMED)

to create a situation or a condition that makes someone likely to be harmed: His behavior on the Senate floor exposed him to ridicule. Be sure your child wears sunscreen whenever she’s exposed to the sun.
  • expose verb [T] (GIVE OPPORTUNITY)

to create conditions that allow someone to have the opportunity to learn or experience new things: Kate was exposed to new ideas when she went to college.

exposénoun [C]

 us   /ˌek·spoʊˈzeɪ, -spə-/
a public report about a situation that is shocking or that has been kept secret
(Definition of expose from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"expose" in Business English

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exposeverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪkˈspəʊz/
to create conditions that allow someone the opportunity to do, learn, or experience something: expose sb/oneself to sth Some expose themselves to the equity market only indirectly, through insurance and pension plans.
to make public something bad or dishonest: The audit exposed widespread corruption in the accounting department.
MARKETING to put something where it can be easily seen: Make sure the new models are exposed in the window.

exposénoun [C]

(also expose) uk   /ekˈspəʊzeɪ/  us   /ˌekspəʊˈzeɪ/
a public report of the facts about a situation, especially one that is shocking or has been kept secret: an exposé of sth Today's newspaper contains a searing exposé of insider trading.
(Definition of expose from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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