Etymology
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expose (v.)

early 15c., "to leave without shelter or defense," from Old French esposer, exposer "lay open, set forth, speak one's mind, explain" (13c.), from Latin exponere "set forth, lay open, exhibit, reveal, publish," from ex "from, forth" (see ex-) + ponere "to put, place" (see position (n.)). Altered in French by confusion with poser "to place, lay down" (see pose (v.1)). Meaning "to exhibit openly" is from 1620s; that of "to unmask" is from 1690s. Photographic sense is from 1839. Related: Exposed; exposes; exposing.

expose (n.)

also exposé, "display of discreditable information," 1803, initially as a French word; noun use of past participle of French exposer "lay open" (see expose (v.)). Earliest use was in reference to Napoleon.

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Definitions of expose
1
expose (v.)
expose or make accessible to some action or influence;
expose the blanket to sunshine
expose (v.)
make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret;
Synonyms: unwrap / disclose / let on / bring out / reveal / discover / divulge / break / give away / let out / uncover
expose (v.)
to show, make visible or apparent;
Synonyms: exhibit / display
expose (v.)
remove all or part of one's clothes to show one's body;
The man exposed himself in the subway
Synonyms: uncover
expose (v.)
reveal to view as by removing a cover;
Synonyms: disclose / uncover
expose (v.)
put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position;
Synonyms: queer / scupper / endanger / peril
expose (v.)
expose to light, of photographic film;
expose (v.)
expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas;
Synonyms: debunk
expose (v.)
abandon by leaving out in the open air;
The infant was exposed by the teenage mother
2
expose (n.)
the exposure of an impostor or a fraud;
he published an expose of the graft and corruption in city government
Synonyms: unmasking
From wordnet.princeton.edu