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English definition of “expose”

expose

verb [T]     /ɪkˈspəʊz/
HIDDEN THING to remove what is covering something so that it can be seen: He removed the bandage to expose the wound. Our bodies need to be exposed to sunlight in order to make vitamin D.Showing and demonstrating
BAD THING B2 to make public something bad or something that is not honest: The review exposed widespread corruption in the police force.Revealing secrets and becoming known
be exposed to sth B2 to experience something or be affected by something because you are in a particular situation or place: It was the first time I'd been exposed to violence.Experiencing and suffering
PHOTOGRAPHY to allow light to reach a piece of camera film in order to produce a photographPhotography
(Definition of expose verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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